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‘Not by fire, but by divine art’: Dantean echoes from the Uffizi Galleries

Uffizi Galleries, Florence

9 April 2020

While museums around the world are shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibition openings will be replaced by a selection of digital initiatives providing virtual access to art and culture.

The Uffizi has created a host of digital material to explore during lockdown, including its ‘Decameron’ project of social-media stories dedicated to the masterpieces in its collection. It also has a good line in ‘HyperCisions’ – curated, online-only displays that use artworks to consider a particular theme. The latest is a retelling of the Easter story through works by the likes of Perugino and Rogier van der Weyden – and at the end of last month, to mark Italy’s first annual celebration of Dante Day on 25 March, the museum released this exploration of the great Florentine poet’s relationship with art. It considers both the references to contemporary painting in his Commedia, and how Dante’s poems have in turn shaped the vision of artists for centuries since. You can find the exhibition on the Uffizi’s website.

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Screenshot of the Dante HyperVision

Dante (c. 1448–49), Andrea del Castagno.

Dante (c. 1448–49), Andrea del Castagno. Uffizi Galleries, Florence

Nello at Pia’s Tomb (1851), Enrico Pollastrini.

Nello at Pia’s Tomb (1851), Enrico Pollastrini. Pitti Palace, Florence

Screenshot of the Dante Hypervision

Screenshot of the Dante HyperVision