Dante’s Inferno in Castel dell’Ovo, the story with the 3D animations of the illustrations of the Divida Commedia by Gustave Doré – Il Riformista

The Sala delle Carceri of Castel dell’Ovo becomes the space for an immersive experience with “Dante Inferno”, a three-dimensional animation of the illustrations of the Divida Commedia created by Gustave Doré in the nineteenth century, a cycle of engravings that still constitute the most powerful and imaginative visual representation of Dante’s masterpiece. The artistic work is designed and created graphically by Giulio Fazio, who also curated direction and music together with Massimiliano Sacchi. “Dante Inferno” is a production of the Giano Bifronte cultural association chaired by Paolo Nappi. “Dante Inferno” is made with the patronage of the Municipality of Naples.

From November 27 to December 31, from 10 to 18, the visitor will be led on a journey through images, words and strong sounds. Each single table becomes an animated scene and is filled with color, giving life to an intense narrative in which the many characters and settings take on a consistency of rare thickness. The verses of one of the greatest literary poems of all time refract in the visionary imagination of a great painter, accompanied by a contemporary soundtrack that combines an orchestral discourse with sound design with the result of an unprecedented update and extreme narrative immediacy. .

The text of the work consists entirely of a selection of verses from the Divine Comedy: different actors lend their voices to the multitude of characters that Dante and Virgil meet during their journey to the underworld. The story unfolds following the same chronology of the literary work. Dante’s voice is by Paolo Cresta, Virgil’s is by Antonio D’Avino, Francesca’s voice is by Barbara De Dominicis, the voice of Ciacco and the damned is by Gianni Caputo, the voice of Charon, Pier della Vigna, Ser Brunetto is by Manuel Di Martino, Beatrice’s voice is by Fabrizia Sacchi.

The Divine Comedy is an immortal work because it is capable of speaking to all men with unchanged strength over the centuries. Although fully immersed in its era, the work transcends the temporal dimension reaching it to be eternal, that is, managing to keep intact all its powerful communicative power, a universality that only very few works possess.

It speaks of man, of each man and of his personal life, of the search for a reason for existence and the search for a spiritual dimension that helps him to overcome the difficulties that material life places on his path. Gustave Doré’s illustrations fully capture the nuances of the text, amplifying its expressive power, with a sign that has established itself in the imagination of readers as a necessary and inseparable complement. The verses of the poem have a musicality, a descriptive capacity and a rhythm that naturally lend themselves to musical interpretation, as demonstrated by the many versions that great musicians have given over the course of history: the Comedy is a work full of sounds, of noises: a sound poem. Dante himself was at the center of the musical debate of his time, an era of profound transformation in all fields and also of music, to which the Middle Ages paid enormous attention, giving it an unparalleled importance among the arts, with its ability to be human and cosmic at the same time, stimulation of the senses and intellect, expression of the harmony of the cosmos.


From November 27th to December 31st

Every day from 10 to 18

Each visit lasts 45 minutes

Reservation is required by sending an email to the following address: libriazionigiano@gmail.com

Entrance fee: 3.50 euros

In compliance with the anti Covid regulations it is necessary to show the GREEN PASS.

Collateral initiatives are planned during the month and will be published from time to time at www.danteinferno.eu and on the website www.gianobifronte.net

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Dante’s Inferno in Castel dell’Ovo, the story with the 3D animations of the illustrations of the Divida Commedia by Gustave Doré – Il Riformista

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