Journey through the Dante Urbinate: Purgatory, Canto XXIV. The Tree of Temperance

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 branches are shorter and whose higher branches are longer, laden with fruit and surrounded by gluttonous souls who reach out toward the branches (XXIV, 106-111). Among these, there is the soul of a former Pope. In the background, a rocky peak reaches into the blue sky marked by clouds.

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

Illumination from Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia, Ms. Urb. lat. 365, f. 165v, 1478-1482, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

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