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Paperback, 92 pages, 20x30 cm
Italian, English, Paperback, 92 pages, 20x30 cm, 2021.
Over the centuries, the cultural significance of Dante’s Divine Comedy has gone beyond the purely literary sphere, influencing various aspects of society thanks also to a vast tradition of visual transpositions. Concerning Dante – Autonomous Cell is a meta-project on the relationship between literary text and landscape, and on the evocative power of the Divine Comedy that, over the centuries, has shaped the perception of places to the point of characterising them as ‘Dantean’. Jacopo Valentini investigated a series of places in Italy mentioned by the ‘Supreme Poet’ and, by relating them to other landscapes and still lifes with the same visual potency, created analogies for a Dantean geography. Valentini’s visual narrative unfolds around three symbolic places and three famous illustrations from Dante’s text, interweaving the Phlegrean Fields, the Pietra di Bismantova and the Delta of the River Po– interpreted as the gateways to Hell, Purgatory and Paradise – with the imagery of Federico Zuccari, Alberto Martini and Robert Rauschenberg.
Progetto vincitore “Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere” – Sezione Under 35 promosso dalla Direzione Generale per la Promozione del Sistema Paese del Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale e dalla Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea del Ministero della Cultura. | Winner of the Under 35 Section of the Public Call “Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere” promoted by the Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture. / Il libro è stato pubblicato grazie a: | This book was published thanks to: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Addis Abeba.