Dante’s Inferno. A natural history.


Fabrica takes part to the exhibition “La Quercia di Dante”, on show at Palazzo Roncale, in Rovigo (Italy) from February 28th to June 28th 2020 with a selection of illustrations from the book “L’Inferno di Dante. Una storia naturale” (Dante’s Inferno. A natural history) created by the British artists, Patrick Waterhouse and Walter Hutton, during their residency in Fabrica and published by Mondadori in 2010.

Fabrica, faithful to its experimental ethos, entrusted this revisitation to the two artists, who took up the challenge with the fresh spirit of two explorers setting out to discover a new world to describe.

The result is a work that subverts the traditional visual representation of this poem. Over 300 illustrations, all produced by hand using a range of different techniques, complete with comments. A meticulous work offering readers a fresh and original interpretation of one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time.

The whole project is part of the initiatives that anticipate the seventh centenary of Dante Alighieri’s death (2021) and is made of two exhibitions: “La Quercia di Dante” dedicated to a vigorous tree that dominated the landscape of the Po Delta on which Dante would have climbed to find the way back from an embassy in Venice and “Visioni dell’Inferno”, the re-enactment of the first Dante Canticle entrusted to three international artists, Gustave Doré, Robert Rauschenberg and Brigitte Brand, one for each of the last three centuries.

The cultural initiative is promoted by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, Comune di Rovigo, Accademia dei Concordi, Parco Regionale del Delta del Po Veneto (Riserva della Biosfera MAB Unesco), Comune di Ariano nel Polesine with other national and territorial institutions.

La Quercia di Dante
Visioni dell’Inferno
Rovigo, Palazzo Roncale
From 28th February to 28th June 2020

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