From December 18th to February 26th, the Classense Library hosts the exhibition DANTE E FARUFFINI. THE POET’S CHARM ON A 17TH-CENTURY PAINTER, curated by Benedetto Gugliotta and Anna Finocchi.
The small but precious exhibition ties the threads of an ancient relationship between Ravenna, Dante and all the travellers that paid homage to the tomb of the Supreme Poet over the years.
One of the most recent illustrious ones is Federico Faruffini (1833-1869), a 19th-century brilliant artist, main protagonist of the renovation of the painting tradition during the second half of the 19th century.
A drawing discovered in the signing register of Dante’s tomb revealed that he visited Ravenna in 1863. This journey was completely unknown and was a real surprise.
This discovery is the starting point of the narration through paintings, drawings and ancient books of a fascinating relationship between a 19th-century artist and Dante, and highlights the role of Ravenna as real shrine for the cult of Dante between the 19th and the 20th century.