Advertising

Connect with Firenze Made in Tuscany

Sign up our newsletter

Get more inspiration, tips and exclusive itineraries in Florence

+
Agnolo Bronzino Ritratto allegorico di Dante
February 11, 2021

Bronzino and the Supreme Poet. An allegorical portrait of Dante in Palazzo Vecchio

An unpublished painting that can be admired from February 12 to May 31, 2021, in the Salone dei Cinquecento of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence.

In the year in which the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri's death is celebrated, the City of Florence presents "Bronzino and the Supreme Poet. An allegorical portrait of Dante in Palazzo Vecchio", exhibiting in the Salone dei Cinquecento, the "Allegorical Portrait of Dante" by Agnolo Bronzino.

The exhibition of the painting, promoted by the Municipality of Florence, curated by Antonio Natali and Sergio Risaliti and realised by MUS.E, will be held from 12 February to 31 May 2021 and will be included in the museum itinerary of Palazzo Vecchio. 

The story of this lunette is told by Giorgio Vasari in his Vita del Bronzino. According to Vasari's reconstruction, the portrait of Dante on display in Palazzo Vecchio, an oil on canvas dated 1532-1533, was commissioned from the painter together with portraits of Petrarch and Boccaccio to decorate a room in the home of the cultured Florentine banker Bartolomeo Bettini, with "poets who have sung of love in Tuscan verse and verse" in the lunettes of the walls and, in the centre, a panel with "Venus and Cupid" painted by Pontormo on a cartoon by Michelangelo Buonarroti, now in the Accademia Gallery.

Of the three portraits Bronzino was commissioned to paint, only the one of Dante has survived until it was discovered in a private Florentine collection and accepted by critics as the original of the portrait of Dante mentioned in Vasari's biography of the artist. 

You may be interested

Roberto Bolle & Friends
Summer 2021: classical music, opera, theatre

Dates, festivals and events not to be missed in Florence and Tuscany

Florence, Piazza Santa Croce, statue of Dante / photo Massimo Sestini
Dante Rock: Piero Pelù and Aldo Cazzullo together to read the Divine Comedy

A surprising tour that will start on 7 June from Piazza Santa Croce.

Dante- Giotto Portrait
At the Bargello, the first-ever portrait of Dante

Until 8 August an exhibition in the ancient Palazzo del Podestà recounts the relationship between the great poet and Florence

santa maria novella firenze storia segreti itinerario
Discovering the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

It was the first of the great Florentine basilicas to see the light of day, and is the only one in the city that can boast an authentically Renaissance façade. Come with us on a journey through art and beauty

Pitti Palace, Florence
Le mostre a Firenze da segnare per questa primavera/estate 2021

Il calendario degli appuntamenti con l'arte antica e contemporanea nei musei della città

academy Gallery © Massimo Sestini/Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze
Florence museums: dates and times of reopening

Distancing and compulsory booking in the 24 hours before the weekend: rules for enjoying art in the city again

nobel foreste casentinesi
Il "Nobel" dei parchi va a due meraviglie toscane: le Foreste casentinesi e l'Arcipelago toscano

Le due aree protette entrano nella Green list della Iucn, l'istituzione svizzera che si occupa di tutela della natura

pupi avati
Pupi Avati and his new film on Dante's life

In a couple of months the first take. In July the filming for the Florentine streets

Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

The Venice Film Festival rewards the genius and the work of the most famous Tuscan actor in the world

Inspiration

Connect with Firenze Made in Tuscany