The Canton Museum of Art is partnering with Walsh University to present “Dante’s Inferno: The Illustrations of Amos Nattini.”
“The Dante Inferno exhibition at Walsh University represents an important new step on the part of the Canton Museum of Art to reach out into our general community,” Canton Museum of Art retired Executive Director M.J. Albacete said in a release issued by Walsh.
“The excitement generated by this collaborative project creates a bond between the Museum and Walsh that will surely lead to other productive artistic endeavors.”
The Dante’s Inferno exhibit features 34 color lithograph illustrations done by Nattini, an Italian artist. The works were created for the special Elephant edition of the “The Inferno” which was published in 1928. The book, according to the release, “was purchased in Italy by a Cleveland physician of Italian heritage, assisted by a number of Italian-Americans, and presented in 1929 to the Canton Public Library.”
The book was transferred to the Canton Art Museum in 1942 to be preserved as a valuable artifact. The lithographs were removed for display in the 1980s but only recently were matted an framed. Each image is accompanied by a text panel with a quote.
Support for this exhibition comes from North Canton City Council and the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Recycling Program, and the Grand Lodge of Ohio Sons of Italy in America, Ben V. Marconi Lodge 1628 and Nick Rizzi Lodge 2850. Also featured will be a selection of books about Dante organized by the Walsh University Library.
The exhibition will be displayed through Dec. 1 at the Atrium Gallery of the Birk Center for the Arts, located on the Walsh University Campus. Guests are welcome to view the exhibit between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. There is no fee.
An opening reception is planned for 7 p.m. Sept. 3 and a program that explores Dante’s Inferno as a theme in art will also be presented. The event is sponsored by Gervasi Vineyard.