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Dante

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), poet and author of the 'Divina Commedia'. The precise source of this coarse painting remains unidentified, but it may be compared, in reverse, with the half-length portraits of Dante in the Uffizi, Florence (P1563, pendant to a Petrarch, P1562) and the Yale University Art Gallery. Size and format compare closely with Alleyn's sets of Kings and Queens and Sibyls (British School DPG521-36 and DPG537-45); DPG427 was doubtless acquired by Alleyn, very possibly from 'Mr Gibkyn' (see British School DPG537). DPG427 may have belonget to a set of poets otherwise including perhaps Ariosto, Tasso and Petrarch.

Not currently on display

Artist
British School
Date
Late 16th Century / early 17th Century
Location
Not on display
Dimensions
61.9 x 49.5 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Inscription
Inscribed above: DANTES ALDIGERIV
Acquisition
Probably Alleyn Bequest, 1626
Accession number
DPG427