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Dalì meets Dante in Firenze


Dalì meets Dante in Firenze

at Galleria delle Carrozze, Palazzo Medici Riccardi

2015 July 2nd2015 September 27th

By Fabio Bardelli

Dali meets Dante in Firenze,

Dali meets Dante in Firenze,

FIRENZE/ITALY: Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265, and this year marks the 750th anniversary of his birth. On this occasion an exhibition showing the illustrations drawn by the great spanish painter Salvador Dali (1904 -1989) inspired by the Divina Commedia was organized in Dante’s hometown in the prestigious location of Palazzo Medici Riccardi.

Palazzo Medici Riccardi Photo: visit florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi Photo: visit florence


Two great artists can “comunicate” even after hundreds of years and that is what happens between Dante and Dali.

The great Spanish painter interprets the characters of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven in his own way, with his modern style, with his inexhaustible imagination and with the “sign” so typical of his own expressivity, sometimes nervous and sharp, sometimes sweet beguiling and almost onyric, always inspired and personal.

Pictures by Salvador, exhibited in Firenze.

La Divina Commedia illustrated by Salvador Dali, exhibited in Firenze, because of the 750 years jubilee of the birth of Dante Alligheri.

La Divina Commedia illustrated by Salvador Dalí.

His surrealism with psychoanalytic traces interprets in a quite modern way characters and situations of the Divina Commedia with a great adhesion to the spirit of the text, until nearly to identify his wife Gala in the figure of Beatrice, muse of the florentine poet.

From the exhibition hall,  in Firenze

From the exhibition hall, in Firenze


The comparison between Dante and Dalí has the supernatural as inevitable meeting point, represented by Dalì with his enormous imagination, and religion, to which Dali always had a hard-fought and not linear connection. Overall this is an exhibition of astonishing beauty, and these works of Dali can perhaps be better appreciated today than in the Fifties when they were created.

Dali meets Dante in Palazzi Medici Ricardi, Firenze.

Dali meets Dante in Palazzi Medici Ricardi, Firenze.


The exhibition also includes some very beautiful sculptures also inspired by Dante and his Divina Commedia, in fact as it is well known Dali was a complete artist really effective and visionary also expressing in sculpture technique.


By Fabio Bardelli

 

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