From the circles of Hell to Paradise: 170 illuminated scenes of the classic of world literature by Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia

Italy — Last quater of the 14th century

Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia

Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia

Italy — Last quater of the 14th century

  1. The 14th century Florentine author Dante Alighieri (ca. 1265-1321) created the most important work of Italian literature

  2. Guided by the Roman poet Virgil (70-19 BC), he traverses Hell, ascends the mountain of Purgatory, and enters Paradise

  3. Luminous blue and red tones, which are mostly combined with yellow or green, dominate the color scheme in this manuscript

Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia

Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia

The Empyrean

After travelling through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, Dante finally reaches a region beyond physical existence, the Empyrean, which is the abode of God and where he himself is transformed into a beautiful form enveloped with light and worthy of being in God’s presence. Various biblical figures, saints, and theologians are shown standing in front of the throne where Jesus and the Virgin Mary sit in glory flanked by angels playing violins, drums, harps, and lutes.

Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia

Alternative Titles:
  • Dante Alighieri - Göttliche Kommödie
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
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Short Description

With his Divine Comedy, the Florentine author Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) successfully created the most important literary work of Italian literature and simultaneously established Italian as a literary language during his year in exile. On 156 pages, Dante relates his arduous trek through the three realms of the dead in first-person perspective. All 170 scenes from the story illustrate the two-columned text and, together with the magnificently historiated initials at the beginning of each song, provide the manuscript with a splendidly-colorful overall impression.

Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia

The Divine Comedy by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1232) is considered to be one of the most important works of Italian literature and simultaneously established Italian as a literary language. Today, Dante’s magnum opus exists in countless editions, of which the specimen at hand is particularly artistic. The two-columned text is adorned by 170 imaginative scenes from the story and great historiated initials brilliantly introduce each of the 100 cantos.

The Poet’s Personal Vision

In his epic, Dante takes the reader with him on an adventurous journey of a very special kind. Together with the Roman poet Virgil, he traverses Hell, ascends the mountain of Purgatory, and finally enters Paradise. In doing so, each stage is in turn divided into nine concentric rings. During this excursion, he meets approximately 600 souls from mythology, poetry, and history, who have to endure various punishments in Hell or dwell in Heaven, each in accordance with their own deeds.

Amazing Variety

It is unbelievable how diversely and creatively the numerous miniatures are integrated into Dante’s epic. They are not, as is typical, invested according to a consistent scheme, they are mixed instead into the text again and again in other ways. Sometimes they are surrounded by simple frames, sometimes these frames are broken up, and sometimes the rectangular boundaries are done away with completely. Equally so, the size of the depictions varies widely, which reach across one to two columns and even in certain cases encompass most of an entire page. Luminous blue and red tones, which are mostly combined with yellow or green, dominate the color scheme.

Dante’s Female Muse

At the age of nine, Dante met a Florentine woman who was born in 1265, who he is supposed to have adored his entire life. Beatrice, who was the same age as him, was the surface upon which he projected a woman carried off to heaven, whose early death at only 24 years of age allowed her to become even more of a muse and ideal figure. In the Divine Comedy, she is the woman who enters into heaven in order to elucidate the divine order to him. Since Beatrice is only witnessed in his works, her identity is as disputed among Dante researchers as is the question of whether she existed at all as a historical figure, or perhaps was only a fiction in his works.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Dante Alighieri - Göttliche Kommödie
Size / Format
156 pages / 43.0 x 28.0 cm
Origin
Italy
Date
Last quater of the 14th century
Language
Illustrations
170 miniatures and decorared initials
Content
Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia

Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia

Introduction: Inferno

Dressed in blue with a red cap, Dante is first shown in the upper-left corner in an author portrait. In the lower left, the narrative begins on the night before Good Friday with the author/protagonist lost in a dark wood and confronted by a lion, a leopard, and a she-wolf. The forest represents sin and each of the three beasts represents a different kind of sin: the self-indulgent, the violent, and the malicious.

Dante is rescued by the esteemed ancient Roman author Virgil, dressed in pink and yellow and sporting a long beard, who then accompanies him on his journey to the underworld and the two set off on their adventure to the right. Although worn and stained from use, the page is richly illuminated with floral and animal motifs.

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Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia – It. IX, 276 (=6902) – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, Italy)
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Dante Alighieri - La Divina Commedia

Publisher
De Agostini/UTET – Rome/Turin, 2009
Limited Edition
399 copies
Binding
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Commentary
1 volume
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