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Dante’s The Divine Comedy

Exhibit organized for the Annual Dante Lecture

Dante exhibit poster

Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy is considered one of the most significant and influential works of world literature. It is an epic poem narrating an allegorical journey through the three realms of the afterlife: Hell (Inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio), and Paradise (Paradiso). This masterpiece of Medieval Italian literature is known for its intricate allegory and explores a wide range of themes, including divine justice, the nature of sin and virtue, the complexities of the human soul, and the relationship between humanity and the divine.

The Divine Comedy is not only a religious and philosophical work but also a political and social commentary, reflecting Dante’s views on the politics and society of his time. Whether through medieval illuminated manuscripts, Renaissance paintings, or modern graphic novels, the poem has been a rich source of artistic expression and inspiration.