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The UC3M celebrates the seventh centenary of Dante Alighieri’s death

Madrid Ciudad Dantesca / Madrid Città Dantesca


The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is one of the institutions organising the celebration of the seventh centenary of the death of Dante Alighieri (1321-2021) in Madrid, along with the Complutense University of Madrid, the Autonomous University of Madrid, the Círculo de Bellas Artes, the Italian Cultural Institute of Madrid and the National Library of Spain. In total, more than thirty academic, scientific, cultural and educational activities will take place which aim to transform Madrid into an authentic “città dantesca” (Dante-style city) during 2021.

Madrid Ciudad Dantesca / Madrid Città Dantesca

Within the programme of activities, the UC3M, through the Institute of Classical Studies for Society and Politics “Lucio Anneo Séneca” and the Medieval History section within the Department of Humanities: History, Geography and Art, is promoting various initiatives about Dante, one of the greatest authors in the history of world literature. On Thursday 18th March at 6pm a multidisciplinary seminar will take place online which will address the Florentine poet’s work, analysing its historical-artistic significance from the Middle Ages until modernity. The seminar will take place over 8 sessions, once a month; in the first session on the 18th March, several lecturers from the UC3M will participate: Carmen González Marín, David Conte Imbert, Fernando Javier Fernández Lerma, José Manuel Querol Sanz and Michele Curnis (the latest director of the cycle).

The UC3M is participating in the organisation of an exhibition of manuscripts of Dante’s work preserved in the National Library of Spain (BNE, in its Spanish acronym), which will be displayed in the María Moliner Reading Room in the BNE (Paseo de Recoletos 22, Madrid) and can be visited between July and October. Several of the original manuscripts of the Divine Comedy will be displayed at the exhibition. “These codices, dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, document the extraordinary textual, interpretative and figurative history of the most well-known and widely read medieval poem in the world. The exhibition will also show engravings and incunables belonging to BNE archives”, notes Michele Curnis, lecturer at the UC3M’s Department of Humanities: History, Geography and Art and deputy director of the Séneca Institute. The renowned artist and museographer Enrique Bonet will be the author of the installation of this exhibition.

The UC3M is also taking part in the “Madrid Ciudad Dantesca” cycle: 10 readings that will take place in bookshops and cultural institutions in Madrid, with contributions from Dante scholars and professional actors. Each reading will focus on a particularly emblematic episode (for its poetic and narrative strength) in the Divine Comedy: the foreword, three from Inferno, three from Purgatorio, and three from Paradiso.


There will also be a small bibliographic exhibition about Dante in September, which can be visited in the Library of Humanities, Communication and Documentation at the UC3M’s Getafe Campus.

Other institutions and organisations participating in this event: the Italia Altrove Association, the Associazione Socio Culturale Italiana del Portogallo Dante Alighieri, the Casa de América, the Comitato di Italiani all’Estero (COMITES) in Madrid, the Italian Embassy in Spain, the Captaloona Art Art Gallery, the European Institute of Arts and Humanities, the Cervantina Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pazo de Vilane (sponsor), the Residencia de Estudiantes, the Società Dante Alighieri (Comitato di Madrid), the Scuole Italiana di Madrid, three publishers (Abada, Akal, La Discreta) and seven bookshops (Enclave de Libros, La Buena Vida, La Central, La tres catorce, Muga, Polifemo, Rafael Alberti).

More information: 

Instituto de Estudios Clásicos para la Sociedad y la Política “Lucio Anneo Séneca”

Madrid Città Dantesca