ROOM 5 – DANTE, FATHER OF THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE
The first room of the second floor explores the poet’s literary and philosophical education, introducing the origins of the Italian vulgar tongue, the traits of the Dolce Stil Novo and Dante’s connection to other contemporary poets.
Thanks to a screen on the wall and a proximity sensor, Brunetto Latini, Dante’s teacher, explains the great influence that his illustrious pupil has had on the Italian language through the greatness of his poetry. On two small touch screens, visitors can get to know four poets that were close to Dante: Guido Guinizelli, Guido Cavalcanti, Cino da Pistoia and Cecco Angiolieri. Visitors will also be able to read selected poems by these authors, accompanied by in-depth contents and graphics inspired by medieval illuminated manuscripts.
ROOM 6 – THE BEDROOM
A door in room 5 has three slits at different heights (adapting to each type of visitor). Through these slits it is possible to look out onto a reproduction of Dante’s bedroom, with bed and writing desk, in which the poet appears with his back turned, as if caught in an intimate moment.
ROOM 7 - THE DIVINE COMEDY AND THE IMMERSIVE SHOW ``L'AMOR CHE MOVE IL SOLE E L'ALTRE STELLE`` (LOVE THAT MOVES THE SUN AND OTHER STARS)
Realized with the patronage and contribution of the National Committee for the celebrations of 700 years since Dante Alighieri’s death – Dante 2021 – Mibact.
Upon entering the room, the visitor enters an evocative environment, isolated from the outside world, designed for a truly immersive experience in the three canticles of the Comedy. It is here that the emotional peak of the visit is reached: with the lights off, a large book in the room will reproduce Dante’s journey through an effective video-mapping projection. The book will seem to leaf through on its own, as images of hell, purgatory and paradise flow by, accompanied by Dante’s carefully selected verses, read by the voice of Francesco Pannofino. The figures on the pages, taken from numerous iconographic sources and illustrations of the Comedy, will come to life with great realism, thanks to a meticulous work of Computer Graphics. The experience, accompanied by a specially composed soundtrack and effective musical suggestions, is a moment of great emotional impact.
A bookcase that suddenly lights up covers the entire left wall and displays numerous volumes of the Comedy, in dozens of different languages and dialects, demonstrating how Dante’s tradition has penetrated every culture on earth (Turone collection – donation). On the right-hand wall are three large illustrations of Dante’s realms. Finally, the starry sky that crowns the room is highly evocative: a realistic reproduction of the Milky Way, recalling the allegorical value of the stars in Dante’s poetry.