Presentation of the catalog "Dante e la Divina Commedia in Emilia Romagna. Testimonianze dantesche negli archivi e nelle biblioteche"

  • Date: 25 OCTOBER 2021  from 16:30 to 19:00

  • Event location: Biblioteca Universitaria, Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italia - In presence and online event

  • Type: Book presentations

Dante e la Divina Commedia in Emilia Romagna, by Gabriella Albanese, Sandro Bertelli, Paolo Pontari, Cinisello Balsamo, Silvana editoriale, 2021. 

The catalog of the exhibition Dante and the Divine Comedy in Emilia-Romagna is configured as the most important tribute to Dante Alighieri for the seventh centenary of his death (1321-2021) in the land «tra ’l Po e ’l monte e la marina e ’l Reno» which was for the poet a second home and the last refuge of his painful exile. Edited by scholars specialists of Dante, the philologists Gabriella Albanese and Paolo Pontari and the paleographer Sandro Bertelli, the catalog surveys, investigates and enhances the ancient Dante book and documentary heritage of fourteen libraries and archives that have hosted a widespread exhibition event of extraordinary breadth , created thanks to the partnership between the Italian Dante Society and the Cultural Heritage Istitute of the Emilia-Romagna Region. The introductory essays, signed by authoritative scholars of the academic world and by the heads of the book institutes of the Region, offer reports and news on the decisive role that the territory along the ancient axis of the Via Emilia had in the life and writings of the poet and in the diffusion and reception of the Commedia and other Dante works. Over two hundred detailed records of important and splendid manuscripts, mostly unpublished documents and ancient and rare printed matter illustrate the Dante heritage of the fourteen exhibition sites. In closing, in addition to the Indexes and Bibliography, a complete Census of the ancient Dante book heritage in Emilia-Romagna is offered, extended to the witnesses also preserved in all the other Institutions of the Region.


In presence of:

Mirko Degli Esposti

Deputy Vice Rector of the University of Bologna and President of the University Library of Bologna


Mauro Felicori

Councilor for Culture and Landscape of the Emilia-Romagna Region


The curators of the catalog will speak:

Gabriella Albanese (University of Pisa)

Sandro Bertelli (University of Ferrara)

Paolo Pontari (University of Pisa)


Meeting coordinator:

Claudio Leombroni (Cultural Heritage Institute of the Emilia-Romagna Region)


At the end, inauguration of the bibliographic exhibition Spiegare Dante. Testimonies and comments on the Divine Comedy in the collections of the University Library with guided tour by profs. Sandro Bertelli (University of Ferrara) and Paolo Tinti (University of Bologna)


Dr. Giuditta Lughi

Cultural Heritage Enhancement - Cultural Heritage Institute of the Emilia-Romagna Region

Via Galliera, 21 - 40121 Bologna

+39 051 5276625

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