“Fantastic this work, certainly dating back to the lockdown in March  and unfortunately already in an advanced stage of deterioration. Protagonist Dante Alighieri, acknowledged father of Italian literature and language, author of the Divine Comedy, dressed as always in red and crowned with laurel. Arrested as caught without a mask by a policeman with an anti-Covid 19 mask (with an American uniform?) and by another figure in a spacesuit (an astronaut?), also with a mask! Live-size pictures. Many metaphors can be ventured! Florence, via delle Seggiole.” —Arte Leonardo blog, Leonardo da Vinci Art School
“In collaborazione con Kooness.com e Arte Generali, ‘L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle’ è la grande mostra pubblica disseminata nel Parco di CityLife. Organizzata nell’ambito delle celebrazioni dantesche, gli artisti presenti si sono confrontati con i temi di esilito, invenzione e linguaggio.
On September 14, 2021, the British Library in London hosted an online event titled “Dante in the British Library: Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven”. The event featured two lectures on Dante about the following:
“Alessandro Scafi – Mapping Paradise in the Middle Ages: Dante and the Garden of Eden
“Christian scholars and map-makers of the late Middle Ages were dedicated to the search for the Garden of Eden, as described in Genesis. Could paradise be found on a map? Dante’s knowledge of geographical lore was deep, rich, and varied, and his Divine Comedy echoes contemporary debates about the location and the mapping of paradise.
“Elisabeth Trischler – Architecture and the Afterlife: How the Urban Spaces of Medieval Florence inspired Dante’s Divine Comedy
“The city of Florence underwent a significant building boom in the 13th and 14th centuries, and this expansion offers a way to explore Dante’s world. This lecture uses illustrations of the Divine Comedy from the British Library’s collection to show how Dante’s masterpiece was shaped by Florence’s urban spaces.” [. . .] —The British Library (retrieved April 11, 2022)
View the event’s listing on the British Library’s website here.
“The city of Ravenna is dedicating 30 July to the deep cultural bonds established over the years with Senegal, remembering Mandiaye N’Diaye, who initiated these relations. The day is also in honor of Dante: ‘Di soglia in soglia’ (‘From rank to rank’) is a verse from Canto III of Paradise and in the evening Canto I of the Divine Comedy will be read, translated for the first time into Wolof.
“It is at this point that we arrive in Ravenna: the Institute of Dakar contacted the Teatro delle Albe, which has been involved in Senegal for over thirty years following the long-time collaboration with the Senegalese actor and director Mandiaye N’Diaye, who passed away in 2014, proposing the publication, together, of a book that would collect testimonies of the cultural ties between Ravenna and Senegal and the creation of this day on 30 July, dedicated to these relationships and to Mandiaye N’Diaye, all in the name of Dante, in the year of the 700th anniversary of his death.” [. . .] —Italiana, July 30, 2021 (retrieved April 10, 2022)
The event included a round table discussion of Italian-Senegalese relations as well as a presentation on the translation of Canto I into Wolof and the work of Mandiya N’Diaye. Later on, a reading of Canto I in both Italian and Wolof was held at the tomb of Dante in Ravenna. For more information and a full program, visit the event’s website here.
“Dopo oltre 700 anni dalla nascita del loro amore, Dante e Beatrice cederanno alla tentazione e si lasceranno travolgere dalla passione facendo cadere tutti i taboo del dolce stilnovo. Un bacio, vero, per festeggiare tutti gli innamorati e promuovere la cultura. E per farlo hanno scelto il week end di San Valentino e due location d’eccezione: le grotte dell’Angelo di Pertosa (SA), le uniche in Europa a essere attraversate da un fiume navigabile, e la Certosa di San Lorenzo Padula (SA), complesso monastico tra i più grandi del vecchio continente, entrambe nominate patrimonio dell’Umanità dall’UNESCO, dove da anni vanno in scena i celebri spettacoli L’Inferno e Il Purgatorio di Dante.
“‘E’ un omaggio a tutti gli innamorati attraverso una coppia simbolo della letteratura italiana – dichiara Domenico Maria Corrado, regista e ideatore degli spettacoli – Un’iniziativa per certi versi provocatoria, ma che in realtà vuole rendere più accattivante la cultura celebrando l’amore. Dai tempi di Dante ad oggi molte cose sono mutate e quindi anche la cultura deve sperimentare nuove strade.'” [. . .] —Italia Chiama Italia.It, February 7, 2013 (retrieved April 8, 2022)