A Florence City Break with a Surrealist Twist.
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.