• #DalíMeetsDante: An Exhibition in Florence

    by  • August 5, 2015 • Art, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Florence

    A Florence City Break with a Surrealist Twist.

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    Chances are you may not have realised that 2015 marks the 750th anniversary of the birthday of Dante Alighieri, the world-renowned Florentine poet, he of the Divine Comedy fame. And if you happen to be city breaking in fabulous Florence over the next few weeks, you’ll be lucky enough to catch an exhibition devoted to Dante’s most famous poetic work, brought to life by none other than the Surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí.

    On display at Florence’s Palazzo Medici Riccardi on the Via Cavour, just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Duomo and the Church of San Lorenzo, this exhibition, entitled #DalíMeetsDante, showcases a collection of some 100 illustrations produced by Dalí in the 1950s, when he was commissioned by the Italian government to illustrate Dante’s iconic poem. Taking over nine years to complete, these 100 distinctive watercolours, complete with a Surrealist, Dalí-esque twist, symbolise the chronological journey through Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso (Hell, Purgatory and Heaven), the three sections into which the Divine Comedy is divided.

    These are complemented further by additional artworks with a religious leaning, including sculptures St. George and the Dragon, Adam and Eve and the Last Supper. There are also busts of Dante and his muse, Beatrice, as well as a detailed look at the printing process involved in bringing these artworks to the page, namely wood blocks handcrafted by expert Parisian artisans.

    Running until September 27th, the exhibition is open daily from 10am until 7pm with tickets costing 10€. For more details, visit the website www.thedaliuniverse.com.


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.