Category: Dante Urbinate

Known as the “Dante Urbinate”, the finest and most richly illustrated copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy ever produced, was made especially for the library of Federico da Montefeltro. It is an expression of the splendor and magnificence of the Duke. The manuscript is a masterpiece written on very fine parchment with the most extraordinary miniature illustrations.

Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Purgatory, Canto IX. The gate to Purgatory
18 August 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

We have finally reached the gate of Purgatory. On the left, half-hidden by the rocky shore, we can barely see Saint Lucia who carries Dante’s sleeping body, followed by Virgil, from the Valley of the…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Purgatory, Canto VI. Sordello
11 August 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

One of the key episodes of Dante's Purgatory is the encounter with Sordello, which is depicted in three separate vignettes. Dante and Virgil are still in the lower slopes of Purgatory, or Ante-Purgatory, at the…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Purgatory, Canto II. The angel boatman
5 August 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

Having reached the shore of Purgatory, Dante and Virgil see the arrival of the angel boatman who appears luminous on his ship in the sea. Here they meet the spirit of Casella, a friend of…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: the provenance
13 July 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

By now we have seen ample evidence that the Dante Urbinate is one of the world’s priceless masterpieces, but what is its provenance, the history of its ownership? As with its production history, even its…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Purgatory, Canto I
10 June 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

We left our two poets as they were exiting the Inferno, so now their journey continues toward the discovery of Purgatory. A large rectangular vignette with a gold leaf frame occupies the center of this…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: the fame
4 June 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

You may not know that among the thousands of volumes in the Vatican Library, the Dante Urbinate has been chosen to be shown to distinguished visitors, because of its extraordinary beauty. The critical history of…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Canto XXXIII, the stars
1 June 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

“E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle.”  Our journey with Dante and Virgil through the Inferno has ended. We see the two poets as they emerge from the great rocky cave where Lucifer appears with…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Canto XXXIII, Lucifer
20 May 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

Here, finally, the upper half of Lucifer emerges from the frozen lake. We are at the Judecca, reserved for traitors against religious and political authority. The demon Lucifer has three faces, colored red, black, and…

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