“Of Loves and Ladies, Knights and Arms, I sing, of Courtesies, and Many a daring feat…”
So begins the story.
Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1522) is a name well known within Italian literary culture. It was he who wrote the epic poem, Orlando Furioso, a continuation of Orlando Innamorata (unfinished, 1491) by Matteo Maria Boiardo.
Depicting a battle between Charlemagne and the King of Africa, Agramante. Ariosto’s final edition (he added five cantos to the first edition in 1521) is composed of forty-five cantos.
Written in Ferrara between 1510 and 1516, it is now considered to be among the masterpieces of western literature.
Thanks to the generous work of Project Gutenberg , we have immediate access to the poem: Orlando Furioso
The exhibit in Ferrara’s Palazzo dei Diamanti (a stunner of Renaissance architecture) also showcases the culture of the time. Artifacts from the period of Ariosto’s work, which began in 1506, along with art, armor, works of art and other renaissance treasures compliment the exhibit.
From the museum’s exhibit announcement: “…from Mantegna to Leonardo, from Raphael to Michelangelo to Titian—in addition to ancient and Renaissance sculptures, engravings, tapestries, weapons, books, and artifacts of extraordinary beauty and value, (we) will bring back to life Orlando Furioso’s fantastic world of knights and warriors…”
The exhibit is receiving widespread and appropriately exceptional reviews. If you find yourself in Italy during the exhibit’s run, I strongly encourage you to go!
Ferrara is within an easy day’s train excursion from Venice (app. One Hour), Florence (One hour on the Freccia) or Milan (app. two hours).
Orlando Furioso 500 years
What did Ariosto see when he closed his eyes
24 September 2016 – 8 January 2017
Daily, including Mondays and public holidays:
9am – 7 pm
(last ticket issued 30 min. before close)
Also open 1 November, 8, 25 and 26 December, 1 and 6 January
Audioguide included for individuals, whisper phones for groups
– Full: 13.00 Euros
– Reduced Ticket prices: 11.00 Euros (6 to 18 years, over 65, university students, members of associations with special agreements)