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Hell, Heaven and Hope. A journey through life and the afterlife with Dante

Palace Green Library, 2 December 2017-18 March 2018

The oeuvre of Dante Alighieri (Florence 1265-Ravenna 1321), notably his Divine Comedy, is an ever-inspiring subject for writers, critics, translators, printers, artists and generally creative practitioners. His writings have shaped concepts of morality, politics, life, death and the afterlife for seven hundred years. The exhibition Hell, Heaven and Hope. A Journey through life and the afterlife with Dante seeks to explore the legacy of Dante and how his work still influences our beliefs and understanding today, and how a poem written seven hundred years ago still touches our lives and remains relevant.

Stemming from Dr Annalisa Cipollone’s research, the exhibition has been envisioned as a way of accessing Dante, his oeuvre and his legacy, via a number of broad key-themes selected from his work: justice, displacement, the importance and consequences of personal choice, love, and ultimately hope.

The exhibition follows the course of Dante’s imaginary journey through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. The story is told through artworks, manuscripts, memorabilia and other objects on loan from Livio Ambrogio, the world’s greatest Dante private collector, and other collections.

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