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
- 1st half of the 14th century, Northern Italy
- Dante Alighieri
- Usage terms
Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.
- Held by
- British Library
- Egerton MS 943
- Article by:
- Alixe Bovey
Art, music and literature blossomed in the Middle Ages, as evidenced by the wealth of sources in the British Library’s collections. Dr Alixe Bovey explores the evolution of art and culture in the Middle Ages.