04 Aug-18 Oct. Many works by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), the Florentine author of the Divine Comedy and widely considered the “father of the Italian language”, are on show at Castello Sforzesco in antique manuscript and early printed editions.
They were collected during the 19th century by the noble Milanese Trivulzio family, and are on public display in the city’s central Sforza castle in the Sala del Tesoro as part of the “Expo in città” programme paralleling the international exposition.
None of Dante’s works in his own hand have survived. But such was the success of his work that it was immediately copied and distributed throughout the country. His admirer Giovanni Boccaccio reported that Dante hid the originals for fear they would be lost or damaged; a legend has it that they were eventually found after he appeared in a dream to his son Jacopo to reveal the hiding place, but they are now again lost to humanity.
The exhibit marks the 750th anniversary of the poet’s birthday, along with an installation – Dante 750 – in the adjacent Sala Pilastri.
Entry to the exhibit is free. It is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 09.00 to 19.30, and (manuscripts only) on Thursdays until 22.30.