Journey through the Dante Urbinate: the binding
24 September 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

Binding that changed over the centuries  When Federico died in 1482, the Codex, still incomplete, was not yet bound together and it remained that way until Francesco Maria II della Rovere had the first binding done, in yellow…

Continue Reading
Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Purgatory, Canto XXIV. The Tree of Temperance
21 September 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

As the three poets continue their journey through Purgatory, they reach the sixth Terrace, where souls are punished for the sin of Gluttony. Statius, Virgil, and Dante look upon the Tree of Temperance, whose lower…

Continue Reading
Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Purgatory, Canto XXI. Statius
17 September 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

Virgil and Dante are walking along the foot of the mountain, to avoid stepping on the penitent souls of the greedy and other sinners, who lie along the path. Both of them turn their heads…

Continue Reading
Divine Tambourine
15 September 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

Illuminated initial "G" from Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia, Ms. Urb. lat. 365, f. 72v, 1478-1482, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.

Continue Reading
Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Purgatory, Canto IX. Figures of humility
10 September 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

After following a narrow path, Dante and Virgil reach the first terrace overlooking Purgatory, where they find those who are punished for the sin of Pride. We meet them on the steep and inaccessible cliff…

Continue Reading
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…

Continue Reading
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…

Continue Reading
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…

Continue Reading
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…

Continue Reading
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…

Continue Reading