On the occasion of the celebrations for the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, the Classense Library hosts INCLUSA EST FLAMMA, RAVENNA 1921: THE SIX HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF DANTE’S DEATH.
This exhibition recalls the celebrations in Ravenna between 1920 and 1921 for the 6th centenary of the poet’s death. On that occasion, the city became the international capital of Dante’s “worship”.
Books, billboards, photos, paintings, manuscripts, and many other objects of art donated as a homage to Dante and the city, his last refuge, will be on display at the library.
Some items on display worth a mention are the official poster by Galileo Chini, recently restored and presented in its rare and complete version (cm 200×140); the “monumental” Comedy owned by Leo S. Olschki, dating back to 1911, with the preface by Gabriele d’Annunzio, whose autograph manuscript will be also on display; the bags with the laurel leaves donated by D’Annunzio and decorated by Adolfo De Carolis with the motto “Inclusa est flamma”; the bronze model of the monument in Trent dedicated to Dante, designed by Cesare Zocchi (the same artist of the “Monument to the fallen for the Italian Independence and Freedom” in Ravenna – Viale Farini).
The exhibition, curated by Benedetto Gugliotta, is part of the wider exhibition project Dante. Gli occhi e la mente, a project organized by the Mar museum of Ravenna, whose aim is to search Dante Alighieri from different points of view and that is organized in three different exhibitions — starting from September 2020 and lasting all 2021, taking place respectively at the Classense Library, the Church of San Romualdo and the Mar museum.