Thursday 8 October, in the prestigious art nouveau hall of the Westin Excelsior in Piazza Ognissanti in Florence, took place the inauguration of Dante ci guarda. The exhibition, dedicated to the bronze sculpture by Giancarlo Fulgenzi and Giovanni Raspini, will last until Tuesday 10 November in the prestigious hall of the hotel.
Dante ci guarda is an allegorical work made in bronze using the ancient technique of lost-wax casting, conceived and created by the two Tuscan artists. A sculptural object of great visual impact, “Dante ci guarda” arose with the intention of celebrating beauty, values, sociability and work in the land of Tuscany, i.e. the Genius Loci of a natural and human microcosm known all over the world.
The bronze monument is composed of many significant iconographic subjects: the elements of the Tuscan landscape ("Leopoldine" houses, cypress trees, vineyards, woodland, etc.), a scene of an ancient tavern; a butcher's shop; carpenter, blacksmith and sculptor's workshops, together with elements of culture and depictions of contemporary Tuscany such as the depiction of the set of the film Like Crazy by Paolo Virzì. The Supreme Poet dominates the bronze monument, giving meaning and unity to the life that passes under his gaze.
Giancarlo Fulgenzi and Giovanni Raspini dedicate this important sculptural work to Dante, on the occasion of the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of his death.