The Medieval Civic Museum of Bologna adheres to the celebrations for the seventh centenary of the death of Dante Alighieri with the Dante exhibition project and the miniature in Bologna at the time of Oderisi da Gubbio and Franco Bolognese, visible until October 3, 2021.
The exhibition presents 14 illuminated manuscripts attributable to Bolognese production between the second half of the 13th and the beginning of the 14th century, selected from the highly valuable collection heritage of the Medieval Civic Museum of Bologna.
Referring to the intense and fruitful relationship that Dante Alighieri had in his life with the city of Bologna, the reasons for the exhibition start from the curious gaze and the careful critical sensitivity that he had to turn towards the figurative arts, of which he proved to be aware in the most important contemporary developments in his time.
As is well known Dante stayed in Bologna on several occasions: the first time probably around 1286-87, when perhaps he attended the University as an “off-course student”. The second stay, on the other hand, must have been more prolonged, which saw the poet stay in the city for at least two years, from 1304 to 1306. After leaving Verona, and then Arezzo, Dante was now looking for the reason for his redemption in writing and studying. ‘he allegedly raised himself from the ignominy of exile, which began in 1302. And it is probable that in these circumstances he had chosen Bologna as a possible new destination, capable of guaranteeing him the necessary resources to live and also to study and write.
A presence that must have allowed him to get in touch with some of those places dedicated to the production and sale of books, where he probably had news of the same illuminator Oderisi da Gubbio of whom he recounts the meeting, among the proud, in the 11th canto of the Purgatory: “Oh!”, He said, “are you not Oderisi, / the honor of Agobbio and the honor of that art / which is called in Parisi?” / “Friar”, said ‘elli, “the more the papers are redone / that Franco Bolognese brushes; / the honor is now all his, and mine in part.
Tuesday, Thursday 10 am-2pm
Wednesday, Friday 14.00-19.00
Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10 am – 7 pm
Ticket (including admission to the permanent collection of the museum):
€ 6 full | € 3 reduced | € 2 reduced young people 18-25 years | free Culture Card