Leading illustrators bring Dante’s work to life


Emiliano Ponzi, VI Cerchio. Gli eretici. Tecnica digitale su carta, 21×29.6 cm.

A traveling exhibition commemorating the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death will be open to the public at the Italian Pedagogical Institute in Athens from June 9 to 30.

Athens is the second European city after Belgrade to host the show, entitled “Dante Ipermoderno – Dante illustrated in the world, 1983-2021”. After the Greek capital, the exhibition will travel to Prague, Moscow, London and Madrid.

Five internationally renowned illustrators have taken the initiative to represent the shocking images described by Dante in his monumental work “The Divine Comedy”: Paolo Barbieri, Monica Baisner, Domenico Palantino, Tom Phillips and Emiliano Ponzi.

The artists breathe new life into the poet’s descriptions of Hell and Purgatory, showing that Dante “transcends geographic boundaries and frames of thought,” said Italian Ambassador to Greece Patrizia Falcinelli.

The exhibition is curated by Giorgio Bazzi, professor of contemporary art at the University of Florence.

The Italian Educational Institute of Athens is located at 47 Patission Avenue. Entrance to the exhibition is free. [ANA-MPA]

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