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Dante Alighieri

1265 - 1321 (56)





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Dante, as frescoed very posthumously by Raphael (1483 - 1520) as a background participant in "The Parnassus" in the Stanza della Segnatura of the Vatican


Dante, as a crowd member in "Paradise" (below, standing in the darker coloured cloak) by his contemporary and friend Giotto (1267 - 1337), in the Chapel of the Podesta in the Palazzo del Bargello, Florence.  This is the only accurate likeness around, and can lay claim to being one of the earliest real life portraits.  Most people who visit the Bargello do not get to the chapel and if they do they mostly walk straight past the wall (below) without registering it!





Famous (posthumous) portrait of Dante with  by Domenico di Michelino (1417 - 1491 (74)) in a fresco on the north wall of the Florence Duomo.  On the left a procession of sinners descends to hell, in the background are the seven terraces of purgatory with Adam and Eve in earthly paradise on top, and the sun moon and stars in the heavenly paradise above.    On the right is some earthly Florentine grounding including Brunelleschi's Dome, which was built over 100 years after Dante died in 1321 in exile from Florence, and under which the fresco sits.






Posthumous portrait by Luca Signorelli (1450 - 1523) in the San Brizio Chapel in Orvieto Cathedral


Posthumous portrait by Andrea del Castagno (1421 - 1457) - one of nine portraits of famous people

Marble relief portrait over Dante's tomb in Ravenna, where he died in exile from Florence.



Florence later realized the error of its exiling ways, and this large but rather ordinary "tomb" can be found in Santa Croce - Florence's most interesting church.

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