Dante is one of the nine Famous Men of the past depicted in the cycle of frescoes by Andrea del Castagno inside Villa Carducci in Legnaia, in Florence. In the second half of the XV century, the Villa changed ownership and the frescoes were covered by whitewashings several times, until they were forgotten. Uncovered in 1847, they were detached from the walls using the ‘strappo’ technique and purchased by the Tuscan State. Today, they are preserved in the Uffizi Galleries, in the premises of the former church of San Pier Scheraggio, which is not open to visitors.
On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the death of the Supreme Poet, following a recent restoration by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure and an exhibition in Forlì, his famous portrait returns to Tuscany during the exhibition “Dante and Andrea del Castagno return to San Godenzo”, promoted and organized by the municipality of San Godenzo within the exhibition program ‘Terre degli Uffizi’, designed and developed by Fondazione CR Firenze and Uffizi Galleries in the frame of their respective projects ‘Piccoli Grandi Musei’ and ‘Uffizi Diffusi’. Until August 23rd, the work is displayed in the Visitor Centre of the Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona and Campigna National Park, in the hamlet of Il Castagno d’Andrea, birthplace of the author.