Located not far from the tomb of the Supreme Poet, on the first floor of the former Franciscan convent, DANTE MUSEUM is a journey through the works, art and memory of Dante Alighieri, the father of the Italian language.
FROM THE MUSEUM DANTESQUE TO DANTE MUSEUM
The Dantesque Museum originally opened in 1921, on the occasion of Dante Celebrations in the poet’s 6th death centenary, by the then Superintendent of Ravenna Ambrogio Annoni and the respected collaboration of the eminent architect of Ravenna Corrado Ricci. The museum was a storage of relics and mementos of the Municipality’s property. It used to preserve plaques and objects sent from all over the world for the celebrations of 1908 and 1921.
Over the last century, the museum ceased its activity for a long period of time, undergoing a series of rearrangements and additions to its layout, also in view of the 700th death anniversary occurring in 2021.
The new Dante Museum
The museum features several rooms, and offers an emotional journey across history and images. It deals with the human adventure and artistic experience of Dante, focusing on the Comedy and its fortune.
A series of relics and objects of great suggestion make the whole experience even more suggestive. On display, you will find the box in which the friars hid the Poet’s remains and the chest in which they were displayed in 1865, after their fortuitous recovery.
Thanks to an imaginary timeline, the visitor is introduced to the life and work of Dante, made of biographical and historical events, readings and meetings.
Boccaccio was the first artist to create the stereotype of Dante’s image: in “Trattatello in laude di Dante” is such a famous description that it has been translated in several languages. From that description stems the unique and extraordinary fortune of the poet’s iconography, which is maybe the most famous face worldwide. The room has a series of Dante’s faces on display.
It is one of the most suggestive rooms in the museum. Restorated in 1989, the expenses of its painted decorations were paid by the Italian emigrants of Montevideo and the Uruguayan Dante Alighieri Society, who chose to participate in Dante celebrations in his 6th death anniversary in this way. The room’s name stems from this kind gesture.
On the walls, the wreath that the Italian and foreign associations donated on that occasion prove the shared and widespread participation in Dante celebrations.
Since 1921, a wide collection of relics has been gathered in this room in order to show the greatness of Dante’s cult. The room displays the fir wooden box that preserved Dante’s remains from 1677 until their recovery in 1865, and the wooden chest created to display the Poet’s remains on the occasion of the 6th birth centenary.
The multimedia room deals with the popular fortune of Dante and the success his works enjoy still in our days.
You will do a journey acrooss the three cantiche of the Divine Comedy, listening to the verses and enjoying the images they evoke.
Housed in the fourteenth-century noble villa located just in front of Dante’s Tomb, CASA DANTE (Dante’s House) is the final stop of the itinerary started in Dante Museum.
It is a polifunctional space hosting many exhibition areas, a bookshop, a didactic workshop and a meditation court.
The first room, realized thanks to the collaboration with the Uffizi Galleries, will host a long-term exhibition with some very important works loaned by the museum of Florence itself.
On the other hand, in a second room will be Dante’s collections owned by the Classense Library, which is the institution that has always taken care of the safeguard, display and scientific management of all the material related to Dante preserved in the city.
Besides the exhibition areas, Dante House hosts a didactic woskshop equipped with learning stations for students. Lastly, there is a meditation court that offers an area for reflection, ideally in continuity with the Zone of Silence.
Casa Dante, finally boasts another area (which is still being renovated), dedicated to design, always taking inspiration from Dante’s figure. This space has been created thanks to the prestigious collaboration with Adi design Museum.