Dante’s 700th anniversary in Florence

Celebrations of Dante, the Supreme Poet, symbol and icon of Italian culture in the world

Dante was born in Florence in 1265 and was a man of his time, in the Middle Ages. He was a Borghese who dreamed of being part of the world of nobility. He began to walk the dark corridors of politics where ideals and values were shattered in the face of party hatreds and the corruption in which the Roman Church was constantly struggling with temporal power.

He became a knight and then a prior and fought for Florence, his city, which he was forced to leave as a result of political trials. The torment of having to leave it was strong.

In his wandering as an exile, he discovered the incredible human and geographical variety of 14th-century Italy, but in all his wandering, he never forgot Florence.

In 2021, more than thirty Florentine institutions – brought together in an Organizing Committee coordinated by the City of Florence with the support of MUS.E – decided to tell the story of Dante and his Florence through digital and non-digital events: conferences, study days, events, and exhibitions open to the general public in a dense and highly interesting program.

It was an articulated and choral seven-hundredth anniversary, without barriers in artistic disciplines, that told what Dante represented and still represents in all aspects, as stated by the Councillor for Culture Tommaso Sacchi during the press conference presenting the Dante Year in the presence of the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, and the Minister for Cultural Heritage, Dario Franceschini, on October 2.

The use of the cover image, “The Divine Comedy Illuminates Florence” by Domenico di Michelino, was kindly granted by the Opera of Santa Maria del Fiore – Duomo of Firenze.

A celebration sponsored by the City of Florence:

Department of Culture, Fashion, Design and International Relations;

Directorate of Culture and Sports – P.O. Florence World Heritage and Relations with UNESCO.

Communication and coordination support:

MUS.E Association

Organizing Committee – City of Florence:

– Tommaso Sacchi, President – Councillor for Culture, Fashion and Design;

– Gabriella Farsi, Coordinator – Director of Directorate of Culture;

– Carlo Francini, Secretary-General – P.O. Florence World Heritage and Relations with UNESCO.

Committee members:

Municipality of Florence; Tuscany region; Metropolitan City of Florence; University of Florence; Uffizi Galleries; Strozzi Foundation; Literary Scientific Cabinet G.P. Vieusseux; National Central Library of Florence; Laurentian Library; Riccardiana Library; State Archive of Florence; National Theater of Tuscany; Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino Foundation; National Institute of Renaissance Studies; Società Dantesca Italiana; Academy of Drawing Arts; Crusca Academy; Santa Croce Opera; Santa Maria Novella Opera; Galileo Museum; Dante Alighieri Association – Florence Committee; Bargello Museums; Unione Fiorentina – Dante’s House Museum; Tuscan Academy of Sciences and Letters “La Colombaria”;  Duomo; British Institute; French Institute; Villa I Tatti; Academy of Fine Arts in Florence; Franco Zeffirelli Onlus Foundation; Gallery of the Academy of Florence; Savings Bank Foundation; Laurentian Opera Medicean; Dominican Library Santa Maria Novella “Jacopo Passavanti”; Regional Directorate of Museums of Tuscany

All the initiatives and appointments on the official celebration portal: www.700dantefirenze.it/ 


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