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New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 4, 2011
1. Dante Alighieri Marker
Located opposite the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, this larger-than-life-sized bronze sculpture depicts Italian Renaissance author and poet Dante Alighieri (1265–1321). Artist Ettore Ximenes (1855–1926) sculpted the bronze figure and garland affixed to the monument’s lofty granite pedestal, which was designed by the architectural firm of Warren and Wetmore.

The New York branch of the Dante Alighieri Society had intended to erect a Dante monument on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Italian unification in 1912. Carlo Barsotti, editor of Il Progresso (the first Italian daily newspaper in the United States), urged subscribers to contribute towards the creation of the statue. He had already raised funds for four other New York City monuments honoring Italians: Giuseppe Garibaldi (1888) in Washington Square, Christopher Columbus (1892) in Columbus Circle, Giuseppe Verdi (1906) in Verdi Square, and Giovanni da Verrazano (1909) in Battery Park. Sculptor Ximenes, however, did not complete the statue of Dante until 1921. The monument was dedicated that year, the 600th anniversary of Dante’s death.

Dante Alighieri image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 4, 2011
2. Dante Alighieri
at West 63rd Street
was born to a noble Florentine family in 1265. After the death of his beloved Beatrice in 1290, he immersed himself in the study of philosophy and Provençal poetry. In 1302, Dante was banished from Florence for his allegiance with the White faction of the Guelph political party after the Black faction, members of a rival line of nobility, took over the city. While in exile, he composed The Divine Comedy, the first vernacular poetic masterpiece. It tells the tale of the poet’s journey from Hell to Heaven, presenting an immutable universe ordered by God. Through The Divine Comedy and his many other works, Dante established Tuscan as the literary language of Italy and gave rise to a great body of Renaissance literature.

In 1992 the Radisson Empire Hotel funded the conservation and repair of the sculpture and sponsored horticultural improvements and public programs in the park. In 2001 the monument was again refurbished by the City Parks Foundation Monuments Conservation Program.

Erected by New York City Parks and Recreation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicParks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 40° 46.314′ N, 73° 58.95′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County
Dante Park image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 4, 2011
3. Dante Park
Dante is at the south end of the park (screen right)
. Marker is on Broadway north of West 63rd Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Dante Park, New York NY 10023, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dante Park (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Dante Park (a few steps from this marker); Richard Tucker (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edna Ferber (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maine Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); To Christopher Columbus (approx. ¼ mile away); Bela Bartok (approx. 0.3 miles away); 213 West 58th Street (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .  Dante Aligheri. Official NYC parks description (Submitted on February 5, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 5, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 5, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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Mar. 5, 2021