Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Canto XXXIII, the stars

“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 his head buried in the ground and they can only see his hairy legs. Virgil and Dante are back to back as they climb the steps out of the cave, following a stream. Around the cavern, a green landscape appears dotted with hills and trees, illuminated by starlight and by the comets shining in the blue sky. Finally, Dante and Virgil have come out and can see the stars. They are ready for the next part of their journey, and so are we.

Source: Ambrogio M. Piazzoni, Una nuova lettura della Commedia, La Divina Commedia di Federico da Montefeltro. Il Dante Urbinate. Commentario.

Illumination from Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia, Ms. Urb. lat. 365, f. 95v, 1478-1482, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.

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