New life is brought to Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the Supreme Poet’s death. The exhibition titled Dante: The Eternal Poet by Felice Limosani is a digital interpretation of the engravings by Gustave Doré that accompanied an 1860s edition of Dante’s masterpiece. The illustrations have since appeared in many publications, but are now getting a large-scale digital rendering for the Pazzi Chapel of the monumental complex of Santa Croce, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the magnificent artworks that will be on display from September 13 to January 10, 2022.
Creativity meets technology in the digital humanities, with the internationally renowned Felice Limosani an expert in the practice. Based in Florence, the artist brings Dante’s message into a personal, emotional and spiritual experience within Brunelleschi‘s architecture. The space is filled with rich choral music that swirls around visitors as they take in the words and works, centuries after they were created.
The immersive experience is on display in the Pazzi Chapel, and was presented on September 13 by the artist Felice Limosani with mayor Dario Nardella, the president of the Opera di Santa Croce Cristina Acidini, the deputy prefect Mattia Capecchi representing the Fondo Edifici di Culto of the Ministry of the Interior, the councilor for culture Tommaso Sacchi, the rector of the basilica Father Paolo Bocci, and the general secretary of the Opera di Santa Croce Stefano Filipponi.
Mayor Dario Nardella commented, “Dante’s wonder is that, as he has shown us this year, his work and his legacy remain alive and relevant. Today, we are pleased to inaugurate an innovative cultural project that the artist Felice Limosani has strongly desired to create in our city, a project that combines new technologies with the refined aesthetics of Gustave Doré’s engravings”.