The Painting La Commedia illumina Firenze

La commedia illumina Firenze by Domenico di Michelino

Domenico di Michelino was an Italian painter who was born and died in Florence (1417–1491). His most famous work, La commedia illumina Firenze (The Comedy Illuminating Florence), can be found in Florence’s Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Robert Langdon, the main character in Dan Brown’s Inferno, describes this famous painting during the conference “Divine Dante: Symbols of Hell,” hosted by the Società Dante Alighieri Vienna.

Allegory of Patience by Giorgio Vasari

Giorgio Vasari and the Allegory of Patience

The painter, architect and writer Giorgio Vasari (Arezzo 1511 – Florence 1574), whom Dan Brown frequently refers to in his Inferno through his protagonist Robert Langdon as “the first art historian in the world”, is celebrated at Palatine Gallery in Florence by the exhibition Giorgio Vasari e l’Allegoria della Pazienza (Giorgio Vasari and the Allegory of Patience), which runs from November 26, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

leonardo's Annunciation at the Uffizi Gallery

The Leonardo’s Annunciation

Thus spoke Robert Langdon upon realizing that he had arrived in Florence:

Florence whose galleries lured millions of travelers to admire Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Leonardo’s Annunciation, and the city’s pride and joy – Il Davide.

(Dan Brown, Inferno)

The Annunciation has been located in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence since 1867. It came from the church of San Bartolomeo a Monteoliveto, in the environs of Florence.

The Battle of Anghiari by Rubens

A Renaissance Melting Masterpiece: Michelangelo & Leonardo

In 1504, one of the most important artistic disputes in history took place in the Hall of the Five Hundred: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti were summoned to fresco this important Palazzo Vecchio hall with scenes of two key battles in the history of the Florentine Republic—the Battle of Anghiari (la Battaglia di Anghiari) and the Battle of Cascina (la Battaglia di Cascina).