Journey through the Dante Urbinate: birth of a manuscript
20 April 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

When and where did the splendid manuscript of the Dante Urbinate originate? That is the subject of this episode all about the priceless Renaissance masterpiece edition of Dante. Once commissioned by Federico da Montefeltro, work…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Canto I, Minos
16 April 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

Our journey alongside Dante continues at the gate to the second circle of the Inferno. Having passed through Limbo, Dante and Virgil reach the actual entry to Hell, where the naked devils that greet them…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Federico da Montefeltro
13 April 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

Returning to our voyage through the pages of the Dante Urbinate, today we will meet its patron, Federico da Montefeltro, a man of highly refined taste who played a key role in the Italian Renaissance.…

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Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Canto I, Dante meets Virgil
9 April 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

After exploring the history of the manuscript of the Dante Urbinate, today we finally begin our journey into the Divine Comedy itself, and the best place to start is in the “dark wood” that opens…

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Miniatura dalla Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri, Ms. Urb. lat. 365, c. 1r, 1478-1482, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.
Through the Dante Urbinate: the journey begins
7 April 2021   |    Dante Urbinate

Today marks the beginning of our journey of discovery through the pages of the Dante Urbinate, one of the most priceless masterpieces of the Renaissance. As we celebrate 700 years since the death of Dante,…

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Rosebush Rendez-vous
29 January 2021   |    Floral Friday

Illumination from the manuscript "Tresample description de toute la Terre Saincte", ms. Royal 20 A IV, f. 125v, ca. 1540, British Library, London.

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Q is for Queendom
22 January 2021   |    Floral Friday

Capital "Q", illumination from the manuscript "Gradualis sanctorum Ecclesiae Parisiensis pars V", ms. RES VMA MS-1415, p. 135, 1669, Département Musique, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris.

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Mariamne
20 January 2021   |    Women's Wednesday

Historically and mythologically speaking, being in a powerful position (and perhaps also a little “too good-looking”) often proved to be a double-edged sword for many women. While undoubtedly representing an advantage, it also made those…

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Close neighbors
15 January 2021   |    Floral Friday

Illumination from a Book of Hours (Paris), ms. Latin MS 164, f. 81r, ca. 1430, The John Rylands Library, Manchester.

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Cornificia
13 January 2021   |    Women's Wednesday

The time has finally come for the very first Women’s Wednesday of 2021! Although historians have celebrated our first Mulier Clara of the year as a skilled writer and poetess, her work has sadly not…

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