Days of Dante 2021. On the 700th anniversary of Dante's death

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 09:00 to Friday, September 24, 2021 - 18:00

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

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Lisbon, September 23 | November 29 2021

2021 marks the VII centenary of the death of Dante Alighieri. The vast work of this poet and thinker of encyclopedic cultural interests and extraordinary artistic power is inscribed in the collective memory of the West and beyond.

The Dante’s Days of 2021 will convene scholars, lovers of literature and the general public around the Florentine poet, through a series of initiatives of different profile.

The opening of the celebrations will take place, on September 23, with the inauguration of an exhibition: Dante’s Visions. Botticell’s Inferno, in which a choice of manuscripts and rare editions of the Divine Comedy, from the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Gulbenkian Museum, the National Library of Portugal, the J.V. de Pina Martins Collection (deposited in the School of Art and Humanities of the University of Lisbon), will be presented to the Portuguese public. A catalogue integrates the exhibition, providing a historical-philological introduction to the exhibited works.

The Dante’s Days 2021 will continue, on September 25, with an international colloquium, Dante. A Poet for Our Time, in which internationally renowned specialists will discuss the poet’s topicality in various respects. Dante’s extraordinary ability to make of (linguistic, poetic, cultural) innovation a source of tradition, precisely thanks to his ingeniously innovative use of classical and religious tradition, will be highlighted. The impact of the Divine Comedy on world culture, including Portuguese culture, will be explored, while Dante’s link with the ecclesiastical and political context of his time will also be analysed.

In the autumn of 2021, a series of conferences, Lessons on Dante, will be organized, in which several specialists, from Portugal and other countries, namely from Italy, will illustrate fundamental aspects of Dante's work.

In the same period, at the Gulbenkian Foundation, a series of events collateral to the exhibition will be held, with artists and exponents from the world of culture.

The scientific contributions produced by the scholars involved in these multiple initiatives will be collected in a publication which, in addition to summarizing the work done within the framework of this project, claims to open new horizons of interest and research around Dante’s poetry in Portugal.

Curators: Teresa Bartolomei & João Figueiredo
 


PROGRAMME

EXHIBITION
Dante’s Visions.
Hell according to Botticelli
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation |Lisbon | 24.09.- 29.11.2021
Inauguration on September 23 | Opening Lecture by H.E. José Tolentino de Mendonça


AROUND THE EXHIBITION “DANTE’S VISIONS”
Images, Music and Words
September-November | Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation |Lisbon


INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM
Dante. A Poet for Our Time

Lisbon, 25 September 2021 | 10:00 am-06:30 pm
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation |Auditorium 2


LESSONS ON DANTE
September-November 2021 |Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation |Lisbon, et al.


BOOK LAUNCH
New Portuguese translation of The Divine Comedy by Jorge Vaz de Carvalho.
Lisbon: Imprensa Nacional 2021
Imprensa Nacional | 15 October | 6:00 pm
 


Partner institutions
Biblioteca Apostólica Vaticana
Embaixada de Itália em Portugal
CITER (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
CECC (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
Faculdade de Letras (Universidade de Lisboa)
Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Lisbona
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian


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