On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death (1321-2021), the Museum of Palazzo Medici Riccardi and the Biblioteca Moreniana are hosting a small, precious exhibition dedicated to the work of the Supreme Poet.
The exhibition entitled The Celebration of Dante presents a selection of works connected to the figure of Dante Alighieri and forming part of the library’s collections, including a precious 14th-century edition – which presents several significant variants of the canonical text – and various publications related to the celebrations in 1865 for the sixth centenary of the poet’s birth.
The exhibition entitled The Celebration of Dante continues in the Reading Room of the Biblioteca Moreniana, a precious Florentine library founded by Domenico Moreni (1763-1835), a collector of manuscripts and printed books, and later acquired by the Province of Florence in 1868. On display are a monumental Commedia published in 1911 by Olschki and dedicated to King Victor Emmanuel III, and a magnificent early 19th-century edition of the three cantiche with prints from copper engravings. On the vault of the room, thanks to new lighting, visitors can also admire the 17th-century fresco by Giuseppe and Tommaso Nasini, Jupiter Subduing the Giants.
On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death (1321-2021), the Museum of Palazzo Medici Riccardi and the Biblioteca Moreniana are hosting a small, precious exhibition dedicated to the Supreme Poet. The exhibition entitled The Celebration of Dante presents a selection of works connected to the figure of Dante Alighieri and forming a part of the collections of the Biblioteca Moreniana. It is divided between the Sala dei Bassorilievi, in the museum itinerary, and the Reading Room of the Biblioteca Moreniana, which can be visited thanks to a programme of special openings in addition to the usual access to the library.
The 1865 Dante celebrations in Florence, which had been chosen as the new capital a few months earlier, were the first great national holiday of the Kingdom of Italy. The celebrations involved all the major Italian cities at the same time, including even those that were still under Austrian rule or, as in the case of Rome, under papal rule. In this context, newspapers and magazines were published to report on the many initiatives linked to the celebrations.
The works exhibited in the Sala dei Bassorilievi are visible daily from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (except Wednesdays), while the section of the Reading Room of the Biblioteca Moreniana is open to library patrons (open to the public on Mondays and Thursdays, from 8:15 am to 5:15 pm, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8:15 am to 1:45 pm. Booking required at: firstname.lastname@example.org).
A calendar of special openings to the entire exhibition is also planned, thanks to which it will be possible to visit completely, with guided tours, The Celebration of Dante, as well as the exhibition organised by the Biblioteca Riccardiana and the other libraries of the city, Dante and his Time in the Florentine Libraries.
Guided tours will be held on Saturday, 25 September, Sunday, 10 October, and Saturday, 13 November, at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. The number of visits is limited and booking is compulsory.