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Dante Alighieri & The Divine Comedy Illustrations

The Divine Comedy is a poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c. 1308 and completed 1320, a year before his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative vision of the afterlife is representative of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church by the 14th century.
Beatrice from BL YT 36, f. 132
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Dante Alighieri

Stecher: Bry, Theodor de

Dante Alighieri

Stecher: Hoffmeister, Christian Datierung: 1839 / 1855

Dante Alighieri

Verleger: Galle, Philips Zeichner: Straet, Jan van der Stecher: Galle, Cornelis (1615)

Dante Alighieri

Zeichner: Tofanelli, Stefano Stecher: Morghen, Raphael Datierung: 1773 / 1812 faktischer Entstehungsort: Florenz

Dante Alighieri

Stecher: Galle, Philips

Men in ship from BL Eg 2628, f. 35

Historiated initial with men in ship and foliate border. Image taken from f. 35 of Divina Commedia (Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso)(index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Dante's dream from BL Eg 943, f. 3

Detail of a miniature of Dante's dream and his soul leaving his body. Image taken from f. 3 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (... more

Inferno: Dante, the leopard and the lion from BL Eg 943, f. 3

Detail of miniature of Dante meeting the leopard and the lion. Image taken from f. 3 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187... more

Inferno, Canto V, Second circle: Minos judging three souls from BL Eg 943, f. 10

Detail of a miniature of Minos judging three souls. Image taken from f. 10 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v). Wr... more

Dante's dream; the leopard and the lion from BL Eg 943, f. 3

Miniature of Dante's dream and his soul leaving his body; miniature of Dante meeting the leopard and the lion. Image taken from f. 3 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with... more

The noble castle from BL Eg 943, f. 9v

Detail of a miniature of the noble castle, with virtuous pagans nearby. Image taken from f. 9v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitol... more

Dante pulls at the hair of a traitor from BL Eg 943, f. 58

Framed miniature of Dante grasping the hair of one of the souls in the ice, perhaps Bocca. Image taken from f. 58 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin comm... more

Traitors in ice from BL Eg 943, f. 57

Framed miniature of Dante and Virgil looking at traitors in ice up to their necks. Image taken from f. 57 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; ... more

Lucifer devouring Cassius, Brutus and Judus from BL Eg 943, f. 61

Detail of a miniature of Virgil showing Dante Lucifer devouring Cassius, Brutus and Judus with three mouths. Image taken from f. 61 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with ... more

Alberigho and the traitors from BL Eg 943, f. 60

Framed miniature of the traitors lying in ice, and Dante talking to Alberigho. Image taken from f. 60 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the ... more

Inferno: the carnal sinners from BL Eg 943, f. 10v

Framed miniature of the carnal sinners blown around by the wind. Image taken from f. 10v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff.... more

Count Ugolino gnawing Archbishop Ruggieri's scalp from BL Eg 943, f. 58v

Detail of a miniature of Dante with Count Ugolino, who is gnawing the scalp of Archbishop Ruggieri Image taken from f. 58v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short L... more

Lucifer and the mouth of Hell from BL Eg 943, f. 61v

Framed miniature of Lucifer frozen upside down at the centre of the earth and Virgil reaching for Lucifer's legs; above, Dante and Virgil climb out of the mouth of Hell. Image taken from f. 61v of Divina Commed... more

Image from BL Eg 943, f. 181

Image taken from f. 181 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v). Written in Italian.

The spring of Eunoe from BL Eg 943, f. 125v

Detail of a framed miniature of Dante asking the name of the spring of Eunoë. Image taken from f. 125v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the... more

Image from BL Eg 943, f. 168

Image taken from f. 168 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v). Written in Italian.

Image from BL Eg 943, f. 169

Image taken from f. 169 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v). Written in Italian.

Beatrice, Dante, and three Dominican saints from BL Eg 943, f. 149v

Framed miniature of Beatrice, Dante, and three Dominican saints in the heaven of the sun. Image taken from f. 149v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin com... more

Dante and Beatrice from BL Eg 943, f. 172

Detail of an image of Dante and Beatrice looking up at Heaven. Image taken from f. 172 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 1... more

Image from BL Eg 943, f. 184v

Image taken from f. 184v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v). Written in Italian.

Paradise: four resurrected souls from BL Eg 943, f. 152v

Framed miniature of Dante and Beatrice before four souls; the galaxy forming a cross within the heaven of Mars. Image taken from f. 152v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, ... more

The eighth heaven from BL Eg 943, f. 168

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Beatrice looking at the souls in the eighth heaven. Image taken from f. 168 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin comment... more

Image from BL Eg 943, f. 182

Image taken from f. 182 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v). Written in Italian.

The Heaven of the sun from BL Eg 943, f. 151v

Framed miniature of Dante and Beatrice beneath the heaven of the sun Image taken from f. 151v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo... more

Detail: six souls and the heaven of mercury from BL Eg 943, f. 136v

Framed miniature of Dante, Beatrice, seven souls, and the heaven of Mercury. Image taken from f. 136v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the ... more

Three male souls in the heaven of Mars from BL Eg 943, f. 154v

Framed miniature of Beatrice and Dante before three male souls in the heaven of Mars. Image taken from f. 154v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin comment... more

Beatrice speaks of the doctrine of free will from BL Eg 943, f. 135v

Framed miniature of Beatrice and Dante beneath the heaven of Mercury, with Beatrice discussing free will. Image taken from f. 135v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a... more

Justinian in the heaven of mercury from BL Eg 943, f. 137v

Framed miniature of Justinian and two others in the heaven of Mercury. Image taken from f. 137v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capito... more

Beatrice looks up at the sun from BL Eg 943, f. 129v

Framed miniature of Beatrice looking up at the sun, with Dante behind her. Image taken from f. 129v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Ca... more

Paradise: five souls and the moon from BL Eg 943, f. 132v

Framed miniature of Beatrice, Dante, five female souls, and the moon. Image taken from f. 132v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitol... more

The angel of temperance from BL Eg 943, f. 107v

Framed miniature of Dante, Statius, Virgil, and the angel of temperance. Image taken from f. 107v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capi... more

Dante dreams of Leah from BL Eg 943, f. 113

Framed miniature of Dante dreaming of Leah. Image taken from f. 113 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v). Written in Italian.

Forese Donati points to the gluttonous from BL Eg 943, f. 105v

Framed miniature of Forese Donati pointing to the gluttonous. Image taken from f. 105v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 1... more

James and Peter from BL Eg 943, f. 171v

Framed miniature of Dante looking up at St James who is with St Peter in heaven. Image taken from f. 171v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; ... more

The eagle's head in the heaven of Jupiter from BL Eg 943, f. 161v

Framed miniature of Beatrice and Dante before the eagle's head filled with just rulers in the heaven of Jupiter. Image taken from f. 161v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso... more

Purgatory: Dante, Statius and Virgil from BL Eg 943, f. 108

Framed miniature of Dante, Statius, and Virgil on the sixth terrace of Purgatory, with Statius explaining the nature of the rational soul. Image taken from f. 108 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Infer... more

Dante is led to Beatrice from BL Eg 943, f. 121

Detail of a framed miniature of Dante being led to Beatrice who is seated in the car with two ladies. Image taken from f. 121 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a shor... more

Detail: three male busts in the heaven of mars from BL Eg 943, f. 156v

Framed miniature of Beatrice and Dante before three male busts in the heaven of Mars. Image taken from f. 156v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin comment... more

Purgatory: Dante dreams of Leah picking flowers from BL Eg 943, f. 112v

Framed miniature of Dante dreaming of Leah picking flowers. Image taken from f. 112v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187... more

The sun from BL Eg 943, f. 130

Framed miniature of Beatrice leading Dante toward the sun. Image taken from f. 130 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-1... more

Bonagiunta and Dante from BL Eg 943, f. 106

Framed miniature of the gluttonous; Bonagiunta and Dante; Statius and Virgil. Image taken from f. 106 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the ... more

The souls of the Lustful purged by fire from BL Eg 943, f. 108v

Framed miniature of the lustful enveloped by flames. Image taken from f. 108v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v).... more

Angels dancing and Dante, Statius and Matilda follow the chariot from BL Eg 943, f. 122

Detail of a framed miniature of angels dancing around the Tree of Knowledge and Dante, Statius, and Matilda following the chariot. Image taken from f. 122 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purg... more

Dante, Beatrice, four men, and the heaven of Venus from BL Eg 943, f. 142v

Framed miniature of Dante, Beatrice, and four men in the heaven of Venus. Image taken from f. 142v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Cap... more

The tree of the gluttonous from BL Eg 943, f. 103v

Framed miniature illustrating Dante, Virgil and Statius and the tree of the gluttonous on the fifth terrace of Purgatory Image taken from f. 103v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, P... more

The four winged beasts from BL Eg 943, f. 116v

Framed miniature of Statius, Virgil, and Dante observing four horsemen on winged beasts. Image taken from f. 116v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin comm... more

Forese Donati among the gluttonous from BL Eg 943, f. 104v

Framed miniature of Forese Donati among the gluttonous. Image taken from f. 104v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187... more

Purgatory: a rainbow and souls in white robes from BL Eg 943, f. 116

Framed miniature of Statius, Virgil, Dante, Matilda, and a company of souls dressed in white . Image taken from f. 116 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Lati... more

A griffon pulling a chariot from BL Eg 943, f. 117

Detail of a framed miniature of a griffin pulling a triumphal chariot with three Graces, four Virtues and Luke and Paul. Image taken from f. 117 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Pa... more

Matilda and the seven candlesticks from BL Eg 943, f. 115v

Framed miniature of Matilda and the seven candlesticks. Image taken from f. 115v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187... more

Five Dominicans in the heaven of the sun from BL Eg 943, f. 144v

Framed miniature of Beatrice and Dante before five Dominicans in the heaven of the sun. Image taken from f. 144v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin comme... more

Beatrice with the virtues from BL Eg 943, f. 124v

Detail of a framed miniature of Statius with Dante and Beatrice with seven virtues, calling Dante. Image taken from f. 124v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short ... more

Dante roused by Matilda from BL Eg 943, f. 122v

Framed miniature of Dante roused by Matilda. Image taken from f. 122v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v). Written... more

Purgatory: the gluttonous from BL Eg 943, f. 104

Framed miniature of the gluttonous Image taken from f. 104 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v). Written in Italian.

Beatrice with saints from BL Eg 943, f. 170v

Framed miniature of Beatrice addressing James and four other saints in heaven, watched by Dante. Image taken from f. 170v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short La... more

The crowned elders from BL Eg 943, f. 116v

Detail of a framed miniature of Statius, Virgil, Dante, watching the procession of crowned elders. Image taken from f. 116v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short ... more

The giant and the harlot from BL Eg 943, f. 124

Detail of a framed miniature of Statius and Dante observing the giant and the harlot in an embrace. Image taken from f. 124 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short ... more

The gluttonous beside the tree from BL Eg 943, f. 107

Framed miniature of the gluttonous beside a tree filled with fruit. Image taken from f. 107 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (... more

Cerberus from BL Eg 943, f. 12

Framed miniature of Cerberus grasping a soul. Image taken from f. 12 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v). Written ... more

Minos judging three souls. from BL Eg 943, f. 10

Framed miniature of Minos judging three souls. Image taken from f. 10 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v). Written... more

Purgatory: Statius, Matilda and a sleeping Dante from BL Eg 943, f. 122v

Detail of a framed miniature of Satius and Matilda standing behind a sleeping Dante. Image taken from f. 122v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commenta... more

The steps in the heaven of Saturn from BL Eg 943, f. 163v

Framed miniature of Beatrice and Dante before the steps in the heaven of Saturn. Image taken from f. 163v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; ... more

The seven horned heads from BL Eg 943, f. 123v

Detail of a framed miniature of Statius and Dante looking at the seven horned heads on the chariot. Image taken from f. 123v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short... more

Beatrice amid the virtues from BL Eg 943, f. 123

Detail of a framed miniature of Beatrice sitting among the seven virtues. Image taken from f. 123 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capi... more

Chariot with the seven virtues and apostles from BL Eg 943, f. 117v

Detail of a framed miniature of a two-wheeled chariot carrying the seven virtues with seven apostles, including Luke and Paul. Image taken from f. 117v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgato... more

Purgatory: A group of angels from BL Eg 943, f. 118

Detail of a framed miniature of Dante and Virgil watching a group of angels. Image taken from f. 118 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the C... more

The Rose of Heaven from BL Eg 943, f. 181

Framed miniature of Dante and Beatrice contemplating the Rose of Heaven, worshipped by five angels. Image taken from f. 181 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short ... more

Dante speaks to one of the angry souls from BL Eg 943, f. 91v

In the black cloud of wrath, Dante speaks to Marco Lombardo, one of the angry souls. Image taken from f. 91v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentar... more

The mourning Lavinia from BL Eg 943, f. 93

Framed miniature of Dante's vision of Lavinia mourning for her mother, Amata. Image taken from f. 93 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the C... more

Phlegyas departs from BL Eg 943, f. 16

Framed miniature of Phlegyas departing as Dante watches Virgil with the devils in the gate of Dis. Image taken from f. 16 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short La... more

Dante's visions of Mary and Peisistratus's wife from BL Eg 943, f. 90

Framed miniatures of Dante seeing a vision of Mary in the temple, above, and a vision of Peisistratus's wife, below. Image taken from f. 90 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradis... more

The abbot of St Zeno and the slothful from BL Eg 943, f. 96

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil with the abbot of St Zeno and the slothful. Image taken from f. 96 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentar... more

Inferno: souls wait for Charon's ferry from BL Eg 943, f. 7v

Framed miniature of souls waiting for Charon to ferry them across the Acheron. Image taken from f. 7v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the ... more

Two angels' heads from BL Eg 943, f. 113v

Framed miniature of two angels' heads in the sacred wood. Image taken from f. 113v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-1... more

The mountain of purification from BL Eg 943, f. 88v

Framed miniature of Dante and Virgil climbing the mountain of purification. Image taken from f. 88v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Ca... more

Dante and Virgil in Purgatory from BL Eg 943, f. 95

Detail of a miniature of Virgil's second discourse to Dante on love and free will. Image taken from f. 95 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; ... more

The Angel of Meekness from BL Eg 943, f. 93v

Text page with the Angel of Meekness showing Dante and Virgil the way. Image taken from f. 93v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitol... more