Illustrated volume of Dante's Divine Comedy

Description

The Divine Comedy is considered one of the greatest works ever written in Italian. It describes a journey undertaken by the mortal Dante, with the Roman poet Virgil (d. 19 BC) as his guide, from the depths of Hell to the celestial realm of Heaven.  The torments of the damned and the punished are described in detail, as is the bliss of Paradise, where Dante is guided by the blessed Beatrice. This manuscript, produced in Italy not long after the work was written, contains over 150 vivid images of the landscapes of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, inhabited by devils, including the three-headed Cerberus, tormented souls, angels and saints.

Full title:
Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy), with a commentary in Latin
Created:
1st half of the 14th century, Northern Italy
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Italian
Creator:
Dante Alighieri
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Egerton MS 943

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