Florencia Gutman’s Artwork for Purgatorio 33

Florencia Gutman is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work has been published in a number of outlets, such as La Nación newspaper, Adn Cultura, and Anfibia digital magazine, among numerous others. As part of the #Dante2018 social media movement, Gutman created the above illustration for Purgatorio 33.

To check out more of Gutman’s stunning work, you can follow her on Facebook, Behance, and you can visit her website.

See other posts related to #Dante2018 here.

Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

Interview with Maru Ceballos

“De la mano artística de Maru Ceballos, y para todos aquellos fanáticos de Dante Alighieri y su Divina Comedia, llega una muestra súper interesante al Museo Mitre. Hasta el 10 mayo de este año se podrá visitar la obra ‘Los círculos del Dante: La Divina Comedia ilustrada por Maru Ceballos’. ¿En qué consiste la obra? En la ilustración de los 100 cantos de La Divina Comedia más los mapas correspondientes a cada cántica (Infierno, Purgatorio, Paraíso). A continuación, la palabra de la mismísima autora.

“Maru Ceballos y su idea de ‘Los círculos del Dante’

‘Me contactó Luciana Ferrazzi del Museo Mitre (habían visto la serie en redes sociales a través de la movida #Dante2018 que inició en Twitter Pablo Maurette). Fue así que me propusieron armarla en el marco de varias actividades que se realizarán alrededor de Dante y la Divina Comedia. Mitre fue un fanático de la obra y – creo – el primer traductor latinoamericano de esa obra en español’ [. . .]

“¿Quiénes pueden participar de esta obra?

Maru Ceballos explica que al tratarse de una obra con énfasis en los simbolismos, hay mucha crudeza y violencia visual. ‘Nada que no esté en los textos de la Divina Comedia”, aclara. “Supongo que no apunta a un público que guste de resoluciones visuales texto-imagen literales. No se van a encontrar a Dante de la mano con Virgilio, sino con un cúmulo de situaciones con énfasis en lo simbólico. Creo que apunta a un público curioso con ganas de ver una versión no tradicional de las ilustraciones de la obra de Dante’

[. . .]    –Julieta B. Mollo, .ITBuenosAires, March 14, 2018.

To view more of Maru Ceballos’ artwork, you can follow her on VSCO, Instagram, and Twitter.

See other posts related to #Dante2018 here.

Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

Barolo Palace, Argentina

barolo-palace-argentina“During the 1910s two people dreamed of bringing poet Dante Alighieri’s ashes to Buenos Aires: the industrialist Luis Barolo (1869-1922) and the architect Mario Palanti (1885-1979). For this purpose they built a sanctuary on 1300 Av. De Mayo. . .
The building has plenty of references to Dante. The bulbs in the cupola represent the nine angelical choirs and the mystical rose. . .
The general division of the building and the poem is done in three parts: Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. The ground floor is Hell, the first 14 floors are Purgatory, and following floors are Paradise and the cupola represents God.
“The number of Hell hierarchies is nine, and nine are the arches of access to the building which represent initiation steps. Each arch has Latin phrases taken from nine different works from the Bible to Virgil. The cupola resembles that of the Budanishar Hindu temple dedicated to Tantra representing the union between Dante and Beatrice.
“The songs from Dante’s work are a hundred just as the height of the building is a 100 mts. The majority of songs in the poem have eleven or twenty two stanzas; the building has eleven modules per front, and twenty two modules per block. The height is twenty two floors. This set of numbers represents the circle which was, to Dante the perfect figure.”    —Buenos Aires Travel

“. . .One of many buildings at risk of demolition, preservations say, is the 1923 Palacio Barolo, a mansion commissioned by a self-made millionaire and designed in accordance with the cosmology of Dante’s Divine Comedy.” [. . .]    –Emily Schmall, The New York Times, April 15, 2013

See the Palacio Barolo website for more information and history.

Contributed by Juan Vitulli (University of Notre Dame)