Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso: the divine illustrations by Mattotti, Glaser and Moebius

Works by the three artists, along with those by sixty students, on display at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence until November 25

The three well-known contemporary illustrators Lorenzo Mattotti, Milton Glaser and Jean Giraud (better known as Moebius) celebrate Dante at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. ‘Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso: Divine illustrations’ is the title of the exhibition that will be hosted by the Academy until November 25, created in collaboration with the Nuages​ Gallery in Milan.

In 1999, the three artists printed a valuable illustrated Divine Comedy for the Nuages ​​Galler. On the occasion of the year of Dante, the Milanese gallery plans to reprint a celebratory edition in collaboration with the Accademia di Belle Arti, displaying some of the original illustrations within.

Inferno of Mattotti
Purgatorio of Glaser
Paradiso of Moebius

A Dante-themed path at the Accademia

The exhibition, curated by Alessandro Baldanzi and Cristina Taverna of the Nuages ​​Gallery, consists of a focus point set up inside the Sala Ghiberti where it will be possible to admire the original covers of the three Dante canticles illustrated by Mattotti, Glaser and Moebius (Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso respectively), as well as a selection of original colour plates and other unpublished works, including preparatory drawings and engravings.

Along the colonnade of the central courtyard, there are about sixty illustrations made by as many students over the two years of illustration at the Academy, each inspired by a different canto of the Divine Comedy. On the occasion of the exhibition, it will also be possible to visit the nineteenth-century library at the Academy which houses, among others, a wealth of works on the Supreme Poet, with volumes illustrated by Adolfo De Carolis, Giulio Aristide Sartorio, Adolfo Wildt, and more.

Sala Ghiberti, a new exhibition space for the city

The exhibition is also an opportunity to inaugurate the latest news at the Sala Ghiberti of the Accademia di Belle Arti which will move from a didactic space to an exhibition space in the city with shows and other artistic initiatives. The project is realized thanks to a contribution by the Fondazione CR Firenze.

The exhibition will be open until November 25, from 10am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, open to all and with free admission. To participate in the inauguration and visit the exhibition, the Green pass is necessary.

Who are the students on display

The exhibition displays works by: Alessia Borzi, Amir Oliaei, Angela Zubic, Carlo Settembrini, Caterina Giorgi, Costanza Bertani, Daniela Calvetti, Teresa Parenti, Davide Coi, Federica Ricci, Francesco Defilpo, Lin Guanxiang, Siavash Shabannejad, Jiang Yuchu, Lorenzo Dini, Luca Bastianelli, Marinella Fontana, Marzia Polverino, Viviana Ricatto, Sara Pelagalli, Xian Shuting, Silvia Franchini, Syria Friello, Yue Wentao, Adiana Tripoli, Andrea Pizzo, Cosimo Ermini, Elena Benedetti, Francesca Amoroso, Gaia Cesarano, Gianmarco Tielli, Giuditta Amendola, Joana Preza, Rebecca Lauritano, Letizia di Stefano, Mahadavi Partini, Mattia Morbidelli, Melanie Machaco La Torre, Jia Yinning, Saida Tarducci, Alessia Usai, Alice Tropepi, Anna Capra, Ayawo Endo, Benedetta Trani Gatti, Chiara Nencioni, Clara Paoli, Francesca Bruni, Lorena Scremin, Maria Lucia Carbone, Elia Mazzantini, Rosa Podda, Marta Vangelisti, Yin Jiamin, Wu Yiyin and Zhang Zhibo.

The works by Lorenzo Mattotti, Milton Glaser and Moebius have been kindly granted by: Carlo Ardissono, Sergio Cereda, Giovanni Cespa, Serena Coloni, Lorenzo Mattotti, Marta Motterlini, Maurizio Quarti and Galleria Nuages.