For the seven hundred years since the death of Dante Alighieri, the small and valuable museum in the heart of Villa Borghese presents a free exhibition that explores the importance of the Supreme Poet in the Piedmontese artist's imagination.
An internationally renowned sculptor, music composer and refined portraitist, Pietro Canonica was a passionate reader of Dante, as he declared in his memoirs. His splendid sculptures are the most evident testimonies of the homage to the poet and the great inspiration that the artist took from Dante's verses.
On display sculptures from the permanent collection of the Museum, which embody Canonica's "idea" of Dante and present new interpretations of the artist's works, accompanied by the rich photographic and documentary material usually preserved in the historical archive. Among the most representative: The Abyss (1909), which, according to academics, depicts Paolo and Francesca tragic love of Canto V of Hell; The Vigil of the Soul (1920), a theme of canto XVIII of Purgatory; the plaster depicting Beatrice (1910), a cast of the original in marble and bronze which, from archival sources, is preserved at the Peterhof Museum in St. Petersburg.
The exhibition path is enriched by didactic and multimedia equipment to live an evocative experience, deepening some themes accompanied by the verses of Dante.
Photo: The Abyss - Museo Pietro Canonica
From 18 November 2021 to 27 February 2022
Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 16.00.
24 and 31 December from 10.00 to 14.00
Last entrance always half an hour before closing time
Closed on Mondays, 25 December and 1 January
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