8 March-30 June. Exhibit in Cinisello Balsamo’s Villa Ghirlanda Silva.
The noble 18th-century Villa Ghirlanda Silva in Milan’s northern suburb of Cinisello Balsamo is the prestigious setting for an exhibition of 100 woodcuts by Salvador Dalì, illustrating Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Catalan genius Dalì produced 100 surrealistic watercolours over a period of nine years to illustrate a six-volume edition of the Comedy, two volumes for each canto, published in 1964 to mark the 700th anniversary of the Tuscan poet’s birth.
These were transposed to woodcuts by master printer Raymond Jacquet under the supervision of Dalì. It took over 3,000 wood blocks and up to 35 colours for each plate to reproduce the memorable illustrations.
The exhibit also includes a rare five-volume Vulgate edition of the Bible (below) , illustrated by Dalì. This is an exceptional opportunity to see a work which, even though printed in very limited numbers, has now become even rarer as the Dalì illustrations were removed from many copies for separate sale.
Entry to the villa in Via Tinella 3 costs €6, €5 for under-18s, over-65s and students, or €4 for Cinisello residents. The exhibition is open Monday to Friday 15.00 to 19.00, Saturdays 10.00 to 13.00 and Sundays 15.00 to 19.00.