On the occasion of the 2021 Dante’s Days in Foligno, Marinella Senatore illustrated the anastatic copy of the first printed edition of the Divina Commedia.
The first printed copy of the Divine Comedy was made in Foligno in 1472, by the typographer Johann Numeister together with Evangelista Angelini, in the workshop of Emiliano Orfini in Foligno, just twenty years after Gutenberg’s invention. A fact on which historians and bibliophiles now agree, and which inextricably links the city of Foligno to the name of Dante and to his most universally known volume.
Since 2006 works by international artists (such as Mimmo Paladino, Omar Galliani, Ivan Theimer) have been created on the occasion of the annual Dante Days. Each artist has made an engraving – mainly lithographs or woodcuts – for each canticle of the Comedy, as well as an engraving such as Anteporta. All the engravings have been included in an anastatic copy of the first edition of Dante’s Masterpiece.
This year Marinella Senatore has created for the occasion 5 original subjects (Introduction, Anteporta, Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso) printed by hand through the photolithography technique.
All of the works will be part of the exhibition “Dante nell’arte contemporanea” curated by Italo Tomassoni, that will be inaugurated in Foligno on April 12, at the Piermarini theater and will be open until 30 September 2021.
For information on Dante’s Days and the complete events program, click on this LINK