Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)

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Dante is considered to be Italy’s greatest poet, and one of the greatest European poets for his contribution to world literature. His best known work is the epic poem 'The Divine Comedy'.

A version now in the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples (no. 10516), first recorded in 1644 in the Farnese Collection, is likely to be sixteenth-century Florentine bronze work, and the earliest bronze on which all the much later Neapolitan bronzes, including this one, were based.

John Rylands Research Institute and Library



Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)






Plinth: H 8 x W 47 x D 24 cm (E);
H 32 x W 42 x D 22 cm (E)

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by Professor Richard Copley Christie, 1901

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Inscription description

inscribed on front: Dantes


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