Illustration of Dante and Virgil, from Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy


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.

Full title:
Dante Alighieri, Divina commedia
c. 1450, Northern Italy
Manuscript / Illustration
Dante Alighieri
Usage terms:
Public Domain
Held by:
British Library
Yates Thompson MS 36

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