(b. 1445, Firenze, d. 1510, Firenze)

Portrait of Dante

c. 1495
Tempera on canvas, 54,7 x 47,5 cm
Private collection

The striking profile of the poet, which has been drawn over in black, clearly contrasts with the light background. In accordance with traditional depictions, Dante is wearing a red cloak and red cap above a white bonnet. Botticelli was surely familiar with Domenico de Michelino's fresco of Dante in Florence Cathedral, as this was the first to show the poet with a laurel wreath on his head.

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