A debate on the figure of Dante in order to enter into the life and expand the profile of the Supreme Poet.
What did Dante look like?
Who were the most influential people in his development?
What was his relationship with the Church and how did he really experience his exile?
These were among the questions answered by Alessandro Barbero, historian, academic and writer, author of the recent book ‘Dante’ (Laterza, 2021), during a virtual meeting with Brazilian students. The students, pupils of from the ‘Eugenio Montale’ Italian school in Sao Paulo and the ‘Fondazione Torino’ Italian school in Belo Horizonte, as well as from various Federal Universities, engaged in a dialogue through which it was possible to enter into the life of the Poet, that of a citizen immersed in his time, a man engaged in politics and an artist.
The debate, chaired by Prof. Guido Alberto Bonomini of the Universidade Federal Fluminense, is the result of the collaboration between the Italian Cultural Institute of Rio de Janeiro, the Consulate of Italy in Belo Horizonte and the Italian Cultural Institute of Sao Paulo, and is part of the ‘Dante 700’ programme created to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the death of the Poet.
The full recording of the meeting is available on the YouTube page of the Institute of Rio de Janeiro.