. . . as Dante wrote it


for the first time all explanatory material has been poetically woven into the text, so it can be heard, viewed, and enjoyed on a mobile device — not scattered in footnotes for the reader to painfully re-assemble. Click on this image of the book cover to go to the Amazon page


Though most prefer a more traditional page, I feel the audiobook is the ideal way to experience Dante Purgatorio is being posted now, canto by canto, here, and provides a good way to "test drive" the translation before you buy it.

However you experience the poem, I am presenting the greatest of all Dante illustrations — not merely illustrations but illuminations in every sense — in art-history videos in the tradition of Kenneth Clark and Robert Hughes. The links are below. 

(the three great cycles of Purgatorio illustrations were completed in October 2017; the Paradiso will follow soon.)

  

The Greatest Illustrations  



Yates-Thompson 36: a fifteenth century Sienese manuscript, which expresses Dante's medieval mysticism with innocent literalism. Go to Yates-Thompson Playlist. 





The illustrations for Vellutello's 1544 commentary on the Divine Comedy, engraved by Giovanni Britto. These technically proficient images frequently reveal the hermetic depths of the poem. Go to Britto Playlist.




Botticelli's last great work was a complete illustrated Divine Comedy — which was also an intimate  journal of the artist's spiritual life. Go to Botticelli Playlist.

 

DivineDotComedy is a project of Online Renaissance. 

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