This historiated initial depicts Dante and his guide Virgil, the ancient Roman poet, in a dark wood before their descent into Hell, a scene from Dante Alighieri’s 'Divine Comedy'. This iconic work is known for providing one of the most powerful portrayals of the medieval concept of Hell.
- 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.