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Dante & Robert Panichi
From September 2 to October 18, 1987 the Benton Museum at the University of Connecticut displayed the works of painter Roberto Panichi (1937) inspired by Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy. The exhibition came about thanks to the interest of UConn Italian professor, author translator and poet Glauco Cambon (1921–1988), who passed away prematurely the following year. It is also because of Glauco Cambon that the Italian program was established her at UConn. In 1986 Cambon became Acquainted and captivated with Panichi’s works shown at the Palazzo Corsini, Florence, and the painting’s interpretations of The Divine Comedy. From there began an extensive correspondence between the professor and painter which eventually let to the Benton’s acquisition of thirty-four works, illustrating the greatest masterpiece of Dante Alighieri, as well as a thirty-fifth, a portrait of the poet himself.
Today, in remembrance of professor Glauco Cambon, we are brining to light once again a significant selection of these paintings through which we would like to recall a small part of our Italian Program’s history at UConn as well as demonstrate the importance and richness which stems from the connection linking the different arts.