Italy began today the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death with literary readings, exhibitions, new editions of his works, and even a long letter from the pope, AFP reported, quoted by BTA.
The Italian press dedicated the headlines to the cultural pages of Dante, recognized as the “Father of the Italian language”.
Due to the pandemic, which closed theaters and museums, most events today are broadcast on the site vivadante.it
In Ravenna, where the poet died, Mayor Michele De Pascale will receive oil donated by Florence, Dante’s hometown, to keep the eternal fire burning in front of his tomb. He also accepted the Louvre-occupied sculpture “Madonna on the Throne with the Infant”, which protected Dante’s sacrament.
In Rome, actor and director Roberto Bernini will read excerpts from “Paradise” in the evening at the Quirinale Palace. President Sergio Matarella will be present. The celebration will be broadcast live on Rai TV 1.
In Florence and Ravenna, thousands of verses from the three parts of the Divine Comedy – “Hell”, “Purgatory” and “Paradise” will be read without interruption. .
Anthologies, Dante’s essays and books dedicated to him will also be published this year.
Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 in Florence. He is called the “Father of the Italian language” because he writes his verses in plain language, choosing the Tuscan dialect at a time when poetry is in Latin and is intended only for the most educated. His bold approach made literature accessible and paved the way for important Italian writers such as Petrarch and Boccaccio.
He is best known for the Divine Comedy trilogy, which leaves a lasting mark not only in literature but also in theology. He had a strong influence on Renaissance art with descriptions of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven, which shaped the imagination of many artists – from his contemporary Giotto to Michelangelo.
Dante died in 1321 at the age of 56 in Ravenna. There is also his tomb in the basilica of St. Francis.
The celebrations will be mainly in Ravenna, but the anniversary will be celebrated in another 70 towns and villages related to his work and personal life.
The Uffizi Gallery will host a major exhibition in Forlì in northern Italy, where he spent several years in exile. The exhibition will feature works by Uffizi, as well as those occupied from around the world.