A medal different from the previous ones, but also the same in style and modalities. A commemorative medal that represents, at the same time, the closure of a first cycle of ten artifacts that, from 2011 to today, have been made for the Ravenna finishers. After the jewel proposed for 2019, Annafietta and Ravenna Runners Club still amaze with a choice for 2020 that manages to be both innovative and linked to history.
On the morning of Tuesday 14 January the multimedia room of the Ancient Franciscan Cloisters of Ravenna hosted the presentation of the official medal of the next Ravenna Marathon City of Art scheduled for Sunday 8 November 2020, once again carried out in Annafietta’s artisan workshop, in the historic center of the city, a few steps from the famous Basilica of San Vitale.
During an event that recalled the recent history of the event, the origins and works that have inspired Ravenna’s famous medals since 2011, the veil was raised on what has long been a modern symbol of Byzantine mosaic and art, as well as the great event organized by Ravenna Runners Club.
And the wait was rewarded by a medal that, precisely on the occasion of the symbolic cut of the finish line of the first cycle of ten medals, brings a change of course or, at least, a look towards a new way of understanding what many parti is considered an authentic jewel. The 2020 medal differs from the previous ones because it offers the probably most famous profile in the world, that of Dante Alighieri.
A choice that looks to the next re-enactments, scheduled for 2021, but already scheduled after this summer: «700 Viva Dante». In 2021, in fact, a long series of initiatives and public events will celebrate the 700 years since the death of the Supreme Poet who, exiled from Florence, found refuge in Ravenna, where he wrote part of Purgatory and Paradise, and where he died on September 13th 1321. Ravenna will remember his figure with a rich program that will also involve Dante’s sepulcher, a point of inestimable cultural and historical value in front of which the Ravenna Marathon route will pass again this year and a few steps from the Franciscan Cloisters where, deliberately, the 2020 medal.
Annafietta’s new masterpiece is made with an unusual profile, but also confirms the extreme value and quality of the realization as has always happened in the past. For each single piece, rigorously assembled by hand, the early Christian and Byzantine tradition has been respected using the “direct method” technique: glass paste tiles placed on cement mortar and undercut joints to ensure the typical play of reflections and chromatic movements . And also the medal cord will be a tribute to the Supreme Poet bringing back the verse of Heaven “the love that moves the sun and the other stars“. The colors of the mosaic tiles then reflect green and red, shades also linked, in the collective imagination, to the figure of Dante.
And also for 2020 the medal will be offered in three different cuts. The largest for the finishers of the Marathon on 42.195 km, a slightly smaller version will be for the runners who will cross the finish line in the Half Marathon, finally the minor version will be produced for the Good Morning Ravenna 10K. An evolution that started in 2011 when a few hundred medals were produced only for the 42 km test, which continued in 2014 with the creation of a medal also for the participants in the 21 km and definitively reached maturity with the third version for the Good Morning from 2015. Just as regards the event on the 10.5 km this year, as many as 5,000 pieces will be made, reserved for the first 5,000 members.
During the presentation in the multimedia room of the Franciscan Cloisters, the second version of the medal made by Annafietta for the “Dogs & Run” was also unveiled, a six-legged marathon for dogs and masters that takes place on the Saturday before the Marathon and which already in 2019, for the first time, he gave all participants a beautiful medal with a “four-legged” profile. A small necklace with the profile of a dog enriched in the center with mosaic tiles, once again assembled by hand with the Byzantine technique.