The Divine Comedy lives again online
The Uffizi dedicates a virtual exhibition to Dante Alighieri's masterpiece Illustrated by sixteenth-century painter Federico Zuccari
The celebrations for the eighteenth century of the death of Dante Alighieri opened on the first day of the year with a major virtual exhibition on the Uffizi website: the Divine Comedy illustrated with all the drawings made in the late sixteenth century by the painter
Federico Zuccari, famous for having frescoed the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore.e.ta Maria del Fiore.
The exhibition entitled A riveder le Stelle (To See the Stars Again) shows for the first time the entire group of these sheets - there are 88 in all - kept at the Uffizi with a didactic apparatus written by Donatella Fratini, curator of drawings from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century of the Museum. The illustrations of Zuccari's Comedy - which entered the Uffizi collection in 1738, thanks to the donation of Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, Electress Palatina - have been digitized in high definition and organized in a path that allows you to admire them for the first time in their entirety and in every detail. Known to a public of enthusiasts, the drawings have only been shown on two occasions: in the great Dante exhibition held in Florence in Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in 1865 and at the Casa di Dante in Abruzzo in 1993.
"Until now these beautiful drawings have been seen by few scholars and
Until now, these beautiful drawings have been seen by few scholars and exhibited to the public only twice and only in part - comments the director of the Uffizi Galleries, Eike Schmidt - today they are published in their entirety and with a didactic-scientific commentary on the Uffizi website, where from now on they will be freely available for consultation. It 's a real pride for the Galleries to open the eighteenth century since the death of the great poet by making available to all this extraordinary collection of graphic art.
graphics. Precious material not only for those who do research but also for those who, passionate about Dante's work, are interested in delving into it to follow, as Alighieri says, virtute e canoscenza".