The Danteum is an enlarged and slightly revised edition of Schumacher’s II Danteum di Terragni. (Rome, ). Princeton Architectural Press has produced a. Known only through a small number of drawings and photographs as well as a single model, the Danteum is arguably one of the most. The Danteum is one of the most enigmatic projects by one of the most enigmatic architects of the twentieth century: Giuseppe Terragni.

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The Danteum is an unbuilt monument proposed by a scholar of Danteapproved by the Benito Mussolini’s Fascist government, tereagni by the modernist architect Giuseppe Terragni. However, in the end about all that remains now are some sketches on paper, scraps of an architectural model of the project and pieces of a project report Relazionewritten by Terragni.

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The structure was meant to be built in Rome on the Via dell’Impero. The intention was to celebrate the famous Italian poet Danteextol the virtues of a strong fascist state, that bases its foundations on the glory of imperial Rome.


The residues of the project give us the unfulfilled dream of Terragni for a monument to Dante, in which the Divine Comedy was projected in an architectural scheme. The Valdameri himself had proposed some names for the board, including Giovanni Gentile and Ugo Ojetti.

November 10,at the Palazzo Veneziathe Valdameri and the designers present the project and they obtained the consent of the Duce.

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However, because of the political developments that led to the entrance into the warthe subsequent hearings to discuss the project, still they had been continuously postponed.

At the very end the dream of the realization of the building dedicated to Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedyremained on paper. Regarding the project papers, we are left with a few copies of the boards of the panels with bas-reliefs, that had been photographed and treragni in the drawings, and the project report of Giuseppe Terragni.

Compositionally, the Danteum was conceived as an allegory of the Divine Comedy. It consists of a sequence of monumental spaces that parallel the narrator’s journey from the “dark wood” through hell, purgatory, and paradise. Rather than attempting to illustrate the narrative, however, Terragni focuses on the text’s form and rhyme structure, translating them into the language of carefully proportioned spaces and unadorned dantuem typical of Italian Rationalism.


Since the form of the Divine Comedy was itself influenced by the architectural structure of Byzantine churches, the Danteum is in a sense a translation of a translation. Because of the complex of literary, artistic, and architectural meaning associated with the design, the theorist Aarati Kanekar regards it as exemplary of how a spatial structure can express a sophisticated danteuk meaning without an explicit “vocabulary” of architectural symbols.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Schumacher, Terragni e il DanteumRoma,p.

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Dante ‘s Divine Comedy. Retrieved from ” https: Italian fascist architecture Cultural depictions of Dante Alighieri Unfinished buildings and structures. Use mdy dates from September Views Read Edit View history.

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