Dante’s Life and Medieval Florence

Dante’s Exile

On the second floor, the first room treats the topic of Dante’s exile. On the right side are three showcases.

In the two side cases are two books by the greatest Florentine historians: the first is the 1728 edition of the Istoria Fiorentina dall’anno 1280 al 1312 by Dino Compagni, and the second is the 1532 edition of La Nuova Cronica by Giovanni Villani. The middle case contains a reproduction of the Libro del Chiodo, which records the sentences handed down in Florence in the fourteenth century, including the one inflicted on Dante. The book has this particular name (“Book of the Nail”) because it was bound in wooden covers and hung from a nail in the room of the Judges and Notaries for public consultation.

Libro del Chiodo, which records the sentences inflicted to Dante

The Bedroom

In the left corner of the room is a faithful replica of an aristocratic bedroom, especially worthy of attention not only for its beauty but also the presence around the bed of the storage chests, which were an important piece of furniture in the homes of the nobility. They served not only to hold the family’s clothes but also as seating for guests. Many of these chests were painted and often made up part of a betrothed girl’s dowry, becoming symbols of the family’s prosperity.

Gustave Doré and “La Commedia”

In the next room is a video presenting the Divine Comedy as illustrated by Gustave Doré, an important French artist who brought Dante’s masterpiece to life with superb illustrations
The Divine Comedy Illustrations by Gustave Doré