Group Exhibition of Dante Portraits (2021)

Riccardo Guasco

A group exhibition organized in Ravenna with the support of the Italian Consulate of Houston (TX) and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Los Angeles (CA) showcasing over 40 contemporary artists’ depictions of Dante.  The exhibition is titled “Drawing Dante: Uno, nessuno e centomila volti: Retrospective group exhibition” by Dante Plus.  A virtual tour can be seen on youtube here.  There is also an instagram feed of the portraits.

Contributed by Kate McKee (Bowdoin ’22)

 

Heidi Wastweet’s Dante Medal (2006)

Dante Inventing Beatrice 10″ x 13″ Cast Bronze Limited Edition of 20

“I challenge this romantic notion of love. I see this Beatrice we know as an invention of Dante’s imagination. Here Dante, near death, is remembering the young beautiful Beatrice as he conjured her, never even having had an intimate conversation or ever having touched her. Did he regret having constrained himself by other peoples’ standards? Or did it bring him peace to keep her safely, purely, in his head? Did she know? Did she love him back? As he lay dying he imagines she is on the other side waiting to greet him. His isolated hand reaches out longingly but touches her only on the very pages that he wrote.”   —Heidi Wastweet

Heidi Wastweet is a leading American Medallist and sculptor working in the San Francisco Bay area. In conjunction with a wide variety of private mints she has produced over 1000 coins, medals, and tokens since 1987. […]”.
American Medallic Sculpture Association

Contributed by Ying Zheng

itWikiCon 2020

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“Writer’s Block: Dante Alighieri”

“His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later christened ‘Divina’ by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.

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“Writer’s Blocks are handmade odes to history’s greatest writers. Each 2″ x 2″ x 2″ solid wood block features the portrait, signature, and famous works of a particular author.”    –Literature Lodge, Etsy

Lorenzo Baglioni, “Il congiuntivo” (2018)

Youtube video

Portrait of Dante, Fishing Lab alle Murate, Florence

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“Uno spensierato museo.

“FISHING LAB Alle Murate rappresenta il risultato di una ricerca di mesi grazie alla quale abbiamo raggiunto una location unica: il palazzo che dal 1200 a metà del 1500 ha ospitato ‘L’Arte dei Giudici e dei Notai’.

vero_volto_dante“La particolarità è data dal fatto che al giorno d’oggi questo luogo rappresenta un museo, recentemente salito alle cronache per l’uscita di un trattato riguardante il prezioso ciclo di affreschi con il più antico ritratto documentato di Dante Alighieri, sopratutto L’autentico, dato che il poeta non è raffigurato con naso aquilino e fronte accigliata, come risulta dall’iconografia tradizionale.” — Fishing Lab website

Contributed by Jordyn Modelevsky (University of Pittsburgh ’18)

Dante in Ravenna

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Contributed by Simone Marchesi

Annamaria Testa, “Dante Alighieri e la pubblicità, tra pop e kitsch”

dante-pubblicita-kitsch-pop-acqua“Proponete a chiunque questo indovinello: ha un gran naso e uno strano copricapo rosso, è un protagonista della letteratura mondiale, è toscano. Chi è?

“Qualche spiritoso potrebbe deviare su Pinocchio che, a suo modo, coincide, ma tutti gli altri vi risponderanno Dante Alighieri o, più facilmente, Dante e basta.

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“Un motivo in apparenza marginale, ma in realtà non così irrilevante del radicarsi della figura di Dante nell’immaginario collettivo sta proprio nel suo essere sempre e perfettamente riconoscibile quando viene rappresentato. L’abito e il copricapo rossi, la corona d’alloro, il gran naso: bastano pochi tratti, e Dante è Dante. È come se tutti i pittori che lo rappresentano avessero, nei secoli, lavorato sotto lo stretto controllo di un occhiutissimo ufficio marketing, attento a impedire qualsiasi minuscola deviazione dalle caratteristiche stabilite in una ideale Bibbia del Marchio.

“Insomma: se Dante fosse un brand (e stiamo parlando di un brand con una storia  plurisecolare), potrebbe vantare una coerenza di segni che neanche la Coca Cola.” –Annamaria Testa, “Dante Alighieri e la pubblicità, tra pop e kitsch,” Nuovo e utile (2013)

Contributed by Davida Gavioli

Dante at the Roma Termini Train Station (2015)

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Dante at the Roma Termini Train Station

Engraved Wall Murals and Sculpture Garden at Casa Galiano, NJ

engraved-wall-murals-casa-galiano“Now on exhibit is an engraved marble wall mural of Dante Alighieri’s INFERNO based on 70 images by nineteenth century French engraver Gustave Doré. Accompanying each scene is a corresponding verse and title in Italian with English translation. The pictorial images and lettering were burnt into the surface of black marble tiles using a laser engraving machine. The mural covers 205 square feet , the main section being 8′-6″ high by 22′-0″ long and consists of marble tiles mounted on sixteen removable wood panels. Located at Casa Galiano (the artist’s residence in East Brunswick, NJ) the mural hangs on the east wall of an art gallery addition. Each image has a specific verse chosen to best describe the scene. The mural is presented in chronological order from left to right so that the viewer can follow Dante’s journey from the dark wood to the frozen Satan. It is the artist’s intention to showcase the imagination, language and poetry of Dante’s INFERNO fused with the dramatic visual detailed artwork of Gustave Doré.”    –Dino Galiano

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“A sculpture garden features high relief marble carvings depicting scenes from Dante’s Divine Comedy. The centerpiece is a solid marble sculpture entitled, The Commedia Block, which is carved on all four sides showing the divisions of Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso as well as portraits of Dante, Virgil and Beatrice.”    —Casa Galiano

See Casa Galiano to learn more and see additional photos.

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Contributed by Dino Galiano