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Among the many initiatives aimed at celebrating the 700th anniversary of the death of the 'supreme Poet', undisputed father of the Italian language, the exhibition stands out . Dante: seven hundred years of figurative imagery "Which will be inaugurated il 2 December 2021 at Palazzo Vecchio and will be open to the public from 3 December to 2 March 2022.

Based on an innovative concept of great scientific rigor, the exhibition offers one of the most extensive and in-depth iconographic readings of Dante's imaginary never presented in an exhibition project, which will offer the visitor an immersive journey into the world of Divine Comedy and our culture: a journey with a strong cognitive but also cathartic potential, an experience that not only aims to celebrate Dante's artistic greatness, but also and above all his ability to still speak strongly to all men of the twenty-first century in a moment of particular fragility, showing how much culture can contribute to our psychological resilience in the most difficult situations.

The exhibition project, promoted byInstitute of Italian Studies of the University of Basilea and organized by Swiss Lab for Cultural Projects, with the patronage ofEmbassy of Italy in Switzerland and Embassy of Switzerland in Italy, In collaboration with the Palazzo Vecchio Museum and with the support ofUniversitätsbibliothek of Basel, will also benefit from the patronage of the highest Italian and Swiss institutional offices, of City of Florence and Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Italy.

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Some episodes, illustrated by artists from all over Europe, have influenced and shaped our cultural imaginary over the centuries: the Comedy, a shared European heritage, has entered daily life also thanks to figurative interpretations that have transformed Dante's narration into images of great media impact .

Through these expressions of the poem's fortune, the exhibition aims to contribute to spreading the knowledge of Dante's work and to strengthen the prestige of the Italian language and culture in the world.

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