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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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Canto XXXIII, Ugolino
14 May 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

From blazing flames to ice, our journey beside Dante and Virgil continues in the ninth circle of the Inferno! The two poets have arrived at Antenora, where traitors to family or country are punished. Here…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: the parchment
11 May 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

We have mentioned the marvelous physical appearance of the Dante Urbinate but here we will focus on one aspect of its physical make-up: the parchment. The parchment of the Dante Urbinate is likely made of…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Canto XXVI, Counsellors of Fraud
7 May 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

As we go deeper into Dante’s Inferno, we are now at the eighth bolgia in the eighth circle of Hell, where those who gave false or corrupt advice are punished. As Dante and Virgil cross…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: a luxury item
4 May 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

The Dante Urbinate is an extraordinary manuscript, by any measure. Our journey through its pages is a perfect way to analyze the illustrations and the iconography in the manuscript, bringing light to some of the…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Canto VIII, the Styx
29 April 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

Our journey through the Dante Urbinate picks up at the fifth circle of Hell, where souls are punished for the sins of wrath and sullenness. In this splendid miniature, we see Dante and Virgil while…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Matteo de’ Contugi
27 April 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

Often, when we turn our attention to miniatures, we risk forgetting the great contribution given to us by the copyists, who were first-rank artists themselves. Today we will meet Matteo de’ Contugi, one of the…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Canto V, Paolo and Francesca
22 April 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

There are many characters, either based on real people or taken from literary tradition, that have gained fame thanks to being in Dante’s Divine Comedy. Among all of them, the story of Paolo and Francesca…

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