Monumento y puerta de Dante

Jardines del Buen Retiro

The high-relief mural that presides over this gate was promoted by the Italian Industrial Publishers as a tribute to the Florentine Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). It was commissioned to Angelo Biancini, a professor at the Faenza School of Fine Arts, one of the most representative and innovative figures of Italian sculpture of the 1900s, who even moved to Madrid to study the possible locations. The budget shortfall for its stand delayed its installation from its reception in October 1968 until May 1969, although it was never officially inaugurated.

La Puerta de Dante or Dante’s Gate, which takes its name from the adjacent mural, consists of a simple entrance with two gates opposite one other, each made from a simple metal railing and located on a high platform, which is reached from the path via stairways that stand perpendicular to them. The ramps leading from these entrances allow visitors to enter the Park from its southernmost sector.

Monumento y puerta de Dante photograph, taken by Antonello Dellanotte

© Antonello Dellanotte