Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Paradise, Canto XXXII. The Virgin

We have now reached the Empyrian. The miniature shows the Virgin Mary appearing in all her splendor, crowned by angels and surrounded by cherubs (XXXII, 85-99).

Before her, kneeling, Dante who has taken off his hood, are Saint Bernard, who takes the place of Beatrice, and the archangel Gabriel.

"Perch'egli è quelli che portò la palma giuso a Maria"

"Because it was he who carried the palm down to Mary"

(Canto XXXII, 112-113)

Valerio Mariani.

Source: La Divina Commedia di Federico da Montefeltro. Il Dante Urbinate. Commentario.

Illumination from Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia, Ms. Urb. lat. 365, f. 289v, 1478-1482, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.

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