Dante lost himself in Verona

Hi my name's Margherita. This blog was created to show to the students of the Divine Comedy, the places in my city, Verona (Italy), where the author Dante Alighieri spent his time from 1312 to 1318 and in 1320.

This three pictures represent San Fermo’s Church in Verona, at the end of Via Leoni and near Navi’s Bridge. When Dante came in Verona in 1312 the Franciscans were renovating this church to make it more suited to their spiritual concepts. Dante, that complied with the Franciscans like Scaligeri did, shared this decision because the Church needed a purification. It was a romanic church but the Franciscan made it more gothic and changed the disposition of the three naves into one wide and high nave. The church seems to be an “aula” like the Hallenkirchen (German churches). 

Dante’s heirs decide, after a long time, to put the Alighieri’s family sepulchre in this church, and to be more precise, in Cappella Alighieri, near the church’s transept. 

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These four photos represent different views of Sant’Elena’s Church. Near the entry of the church there’s a headstone that reports the fact that Dante in 1320 hold a lesson that he reported in his work Quaestio de acqua et terra.

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Near the Canonical Museum there’s another important place where Dante  left his mark: Sant’Elena’s Church. In 1320 Dante came back to Verona from Mantova, where he took part at a Quaestio. He then exposed his thesis, over the quaestio he had heard, exactly in Sant’Elena’s yard. He would obtain the tenure of Verona’s University by exposing in this place a scientific theme based on the level of earth and water, called Quaestio de acqua et terra. Getting the job, he wouldn’t need to ask Cangrande to put him up another time, but he didn’t achieve.

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Other views of the Canonical Museum and his naturalistic yard.

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These pictures show the Canonical Museum, a place that collects Romanic archeological ruins, sacred pieces of furniture, scultures and paintings of the period between XII and XVIII century.

Dante used to spend most of his time in the central yard where he liked to relax during his studying activity and to watch the Ancient Roman Ruins around the big arcade. 

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Canonical Catalogue of the Most Ancient Volumes. Verona, Capitulate Library.

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These pictures show the Capitulate Library, a place near Verona’s Main Cathedral that represents one of the most important clerical library all over Europe. It takes part, with the Canonical Museum, of the Canonical Palace near the Cathedral. Inboard the Library there are lots of precious and ancient books and handwritten pieces. Both Dante Alighieri and Francesco Petrarca consulted and studied these volumes, so their wide knowledge is due to this place. 

Canonical people of the Cathedral used to pick and copy the most ancient volumes referred of every kind of knowledge, from Philosophy to Literature and from Maths to Sciences.

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The first photo represents “Palazzo di Cansignorio”, next to Santa Maria Antica’s Church and “Palazzo di Cangrande”. It’s a fortified residence with defensive towers, built in 1363 over Cansignorio della Scala. After the Venetian influence, it became a residence for the Captains, personalities choosen by Venice Republic to amministrate the cities over Venetian control. After Austrian domination it became a courthouse. 

The second picture shows the “Portale dei Bombardieri”, a magnificent gate realized by Michele Sanmicheli that leads to the Courthouse Yard, showed in the third and fourth picture. 

At the centre of the Yard there’s an ocular that shows the underground Roman Ruins of the Ancient Roman Court(Foro) that were discovered by Scaligers. The fifth picture shows a look within the excavation.

 

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Other view of one of the sarcophagus of a Scaliger and a look within Santa Maria Antica’s Church.

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These photo represent Scaligeri’s sarcophagus. This private sepulchre is formed by Alberto I,  Alboino, Bartolomeo, Mastino I, Cangrande II, Mastino II and Cansignorio’s  monumental graves.

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Other views of Santa Maria Antica’s Church and the sarcophagus of “Cangrande I della Scala” situated in a tri-lobated arch. On the top of the grave, there’s an equestrian statue of Cangrande I, which is a faithful copy of the real statue which is in Castelvecchio’s Museum.

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Near “Palazzo degli Scaligeri” and next to “Palazzo del Cansignorio” there’s Santa Maria Antica’s Church with “Arche Scaligere”. Santa Maria Antica became in XIII century the private chapel of Scaligeri, with a monumental churchyard.

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Some views of “Palazzo degli Scaligeri” and his courtyard. Today this palace is used as a Prefecture.

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"Antico Caffè Dante" Restaurant in "Piazza dei Signori" referred to Dante!
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"Antico Caffè Dante" Restaurant in "Piazza dei Signori" referred to Dante!

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Other views of “Loggia del Consiglio”, Verona(Italy)

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