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Dante Alighieri & The Divine Comedy Illustrations

Dante Alighieri is the author of La Commedia (The Divine Comedy), considered a masterwork of world literature.Created by: PICRYLDated: Invalid date
Beatrice from BL YT 36, f. 132
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.
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The Sphere of the Sun from BL YT 36, f. 147

The Sphere of the Sun from BL YT 36, f. 147

Miniature of Dante and Beatrice in the sphere of the sun being greeted by Aquinas and Albertus Magnus, while ten other great intellectural authorities (the Doctors of the Church) are seated below, including Bed... more

Puzzle initial from BL Eg 2567, f. 56

Puzzle initial from BL Eg 2567, f. 56

Puzzle initial. Image taken from f. 56 of Divina Commedia (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso)(index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Puzzle initial from BL Eg 2567, f. 104

Puzzle initial from BL Eg 2567, f. 104

Puzzle initial. Image taken from f. 104 of Divina Commedia (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso)(index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Text page from BL Harley 3460, ff. 2v-3

Text page from BL Harley 3460, ff. 2v-3

Text page with the third and fourth chapters of the Inferno. Image taken from ff. 2v-3 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Marginal drawing from BL Harley 3460, ff. 6v-7

Marginal drawing from BL Harley 3460, ff. 6v-7

Marginal drawings of Dante and Virgil entering Hell. Image taken from ff. 6v-7 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri

Verleger: Perna, Peter Stecher: Stimmer, Tobias Verlagsort: Basel

Statue of Dante Alighieri by Raffaelo Romanelli, erected by the Italian community of Detroit, Belle Isle, 2009

Statue of Dante Alighieri by Raffaelo Romanelli, erected by the Italia...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by photographer. Forms part of the Vergara Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

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

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

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

The triumph of Hadrian from BL Eg 943, f. 81

The triumph of Hadrian from BL Eg 943, f. 81

Framed miniature of the triumphal procession of Hadrian. Image taken from f. 81 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v... more

Three circles of the violent from BL YT 36, f. 20

Three circles of the violent from BL YT 36, f. 20

Miniature of Dante and Virgil looking into the tomb of Pope Anastasius, and the three tiers of the violent, suicides, and other malefactors, in illustration of Canto XI. Image taken from f. 20 of Divina Commedi... more

Peter from BL YT 36, f. 177

Peter from BL YT 36, f. 177

Detail of a miniature of Beatrice watching as Dante kneels before Peter, who stands with the Trinity within a circle of golden stars with three naked souls, while on the right, two warriors are kneeling before ... more

Dante and Casella in Purgatory from BL Eg 943, f. 65v

Dante and Casella in Purgatory from BL Eg 943, f. 65v

Detail of a miniature of the souls disembarking in Purgatory and Casella the musician approaching Dante. Image taken from f. 65v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a s... more

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

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

Virgin and Child and Bernard from BL YT 36, f. 189

Virgin and Child and Bernard from BL YT 36, f. 189

Detail of a miniature of Bernard presenting a kneeling Dante to the Virgin and Child enthroned. Image taken from f. 189 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Death of Cacciaguida from BL YT 36, f. 156

Death of Cacciaguida from BL YT 36, f. 156

Miniature of Dante witnessing the death of Cacciaguida. Image taken from f. 156 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Arms from BL YT 36, f. 1

Arms from BL YT 36, f. 1

Detail of arms from the lower margin of the folio. Image taken from f. 1 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Paradise: the dazzling light from BL Eg 943, f. 152

Paradise: the dazzling light from BL Eg 943, f. 152

Framed miniature of Beatrice and Dante before the dazzling light. Image taken from f. 152 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff... more

The Procession from BL YT 36, f. 119

The Procession from BL YT 36, f. 119

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil with others in the heavenly Procession. Image taken from f. 119 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

The chariot with the dragon and the eagle from BL Eg 943, f. 123v

The chariot with the dragon and the eagle from BL Eg 943, f. 123v

Detail of a framed miniature of Statius and Dante watching the eagle attacking the chariot with the dragon underneath. Image taken from f. 123v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Par... more

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri

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

Cerberus from BL Eg 943, f. 12

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

Annunciation from BL YT 36, f. 188

Annunciation from BL YT 36, f. 188

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Beatrice before Bernard, who sits within the Celestial Rose; at the top of the Rose is the Virgin Mary and Gabriel at the moment of the Annunciation, with other saints below. ... more

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

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

Virgin and Child and Bernard from BL YT 36, f. 186

Virgin and Child and Bernard from BL YT 36, f. 186

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Beatrice before the Virgin and Child, seated in a garden and surrounded by angels and a kneeling Bernard, in illustration of Paradiso XXXIII. Image taken from f. 186 of Divina... more

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

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

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

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

Virgil explains to Dante why the sun is in the north from BL Eg 943, f. 68v

Virgil explains to Dante why the sun is in the north from BL Eg 943, f...

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil seated on a rock, with Virgil explaining the position of the sun. Image taken from f. 68v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with ... more

The Light from BL YT 36, f. 179

The Light from BL YT 36, f. 179

Miniature of Dante and Beatrice before the Light. Image taken from f. 179 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Hypocrites from BL YT 36, f. 42

Hypocrites from BL YT 36, f. 42

Miniature of Dante and Virgil encountering three couples of hypocrites, clad in gilt hoods, while on the ground are stretched Caiaphas and Annas, in illustration of Canto XXIII. Image taken from f. 42 of Divina... more

Purgatory, Canto XXI, Terrace 5th: Statius pays homage to Virgil. from BL Eg 943, f. 101v

Purgatory, Canto XXI, Terrace 5th: Statius pays homage to Virgil. from...

Framed miniature illustrating Statius paying homage to Virgil. Image taken from f. 101v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. ... more

Four episodes from BL YT 36, f. 137

Four episodes from BL YT 36, f. 137

Miniature of four further episodes in the Paradiso, including the sacrifice of Iphigenia. Image taken from f. 137 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

The Envious from BL YT 36, f. 88

The Envious from BL YT 36, f. 88

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil with the Envious and their cloaks. Image taken from f. 88 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Image from BL Eg 943, f. 169

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 and Dante beneath stars from BL Eg 943, f. 149

Beatrice and Dante beneath stars from BL Eg 943, f. 149

Framed miniature of Beatrice, Dante and a starry sky. Image taken from f. 149 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the Capitolo (ff. 187-187v).... more

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri

Stecher: Hoffmeister, Christian Datierung: 1839 / 1855

Nebuchadnezzar from BL YT 36, f. 135

Nebuchadnezzar from BL YT 36, f. 135

Miniature of Nebuchadnezzar, lying in bed, telling Daniel his dream, while Moses, John the Evangelist, and John the Baptist sit enclosed in a circle of seraphs, and the Archangels Raphael, Gabriel and Michael s... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dante before Peter from BL YT 36, f. 173

Dante before Peter from BL YT 36, f. 173

Miniature of Beatrice watching as Dante kneels before Peter, who places a cord around his neck. Peter and eight souls are enclosed in a circle of stars, while on the right, a personification of Faith carries a... more

Punishment of the Robbers from BL YT 36, f. 44

Punishment of the Robbers from BL YT 36, f. 44

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil in the area devoted to the punishment of robbers, and Dante and Virgil speaking to Vanno Fucci, the pillager of a church in Pistoia, and three others tormented by serpe... more

The Slothful and the Siren from BL YT 36, f. 98v

The Slothful and the Siren from BL YT 36, f. 98v

Detail of a miniature of Dante speaking to two of the Slothful, while Virgil observes the two Slothful, and the Siren, illustrating Canto XVIII / XIX of Dante's Purgatorio. Image taken from f. 98v of Divina Com... more

Dante and Virgil from BL YT 36, f. 7v

Dante and Virgil from BL YT 36, f. 7v

Miniature of Virgil introducing Dante to the poets of antiquity, Homer, Horace, Ovid and Lucan, in illustration of Canto IV. Image taken from f. 7v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

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

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

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

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

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 Triumph of Christ from BL YT 36, f. 170

The Triumph of Christ from BL YT 36, f. 170

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Beatrice witnessing the Triumph of Christ, with Christ looking down on a group of kneeling souls, enclosed in a circle of stars, in illustration of Paradiso XXIII. Image taken... more

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

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

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

Judgement of Minos from BL YT 36, f. 8v

Judgement of Minos from BL YT 36, f. 8v

Detail of a miniature of the judgement of Minos, in illustration of Canto V. Image taken from f. 8v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

The ladder to the heaven of Saturn from BL Eg 943, f. 166

The ladder to the heaven of Saturn from BL Eg 943, f. 166

Framed miniature of Dante on the ladder to Saturn, looking back at Beatrice. Image taken from f. 166 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin commentary; the C... more

The Angel of Humility showing the way from BL Eg 943, f. 84v

The Angel of Humility showing the way from BL Eg 943, f. 84v

Text page with a miniature of the Angel of Humility showing the way to the second terrace of Purgatory. Image taken from f. 84v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a sh... more

Beatrice from BL YT 36, f. 136

Beatrice from BL YT 36, f. 136

Miniature of Beatrice propounding the doctrine of free will. Image taken from f. 136 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

The souls of the envious from BL Eg 943, f. 86

The souls of the envious from BL Eg 943, f. 86

Dante and Virgil with the souls of the envious, with their eyes stitched shut reciting the litany. Image taken from f. 86 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short La... more

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

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

Dante and Beatrice from BL YT 36, f. 138

Dante and Beatrice from BL YT 36, f. 138

Miniature of Dante and Beatrice hovering before the Haven of Mercury, in which souls are enclosed, while below, four young men are standing before a Pope, who holds up open volumes containing the Old and New Te... more

Punishment of the Diviners from BL YT 36, f. 35v

Punishment of the Diviners from BL YT 36, f. 35v

Miniature of Dante and Virgil witnessing the punishment of the diviners, whose heads are turned backwards because they had attempted to see too far into the future, in illustration of Canto XX. Image taken from... more

Dante and Virgil meet Statius. from BL Eg 943, f. 100v

Dante and Virgil meet Statius. from BL Eg 943, f. 100v

Framed miniature of Statius speaking to Dante and Virgil, explaining them the reasons of the Earthquake: this happens every time a penitent soul becomes completely purged and ready to ascend to Heaven, Canto X... more

Dante and Adam from BL YT 36, f. 176

Dante and Adam from BL YT 36, f. 176

Miniature of Beatrice watching as Dante kneels before Adam, who stands within a circle of golden stars with five naked souls. Image taken from f. 176 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

The Lustful from BL YT 36, f. 113v

The Lustful from BL YT 36, f. 113v

Miniature of Dante and Virgil observing the fate of the Lustful. Image taken from f. 113v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Dante from BL YT 36, f. 133

Dante from BL YT 36, f. 133

Miniature of Dante, with the sun of love on his chest, encountering nuns and naked men, including the spirits of Piccarda and Constance, from the Paradiso, Canto III. Image taken from f. 133 of Divina Commedia ... more

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

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

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

The eighth heaven from BL Eg 943, f. 168

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

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

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

Belacqua from BL Eg 943, f. 69v

Belacqua from BL Eg 943, f. 69v

Detail of a miniature of Dante talking to the indolent including the Florentine, Belacqua Image taken from f. 69v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin comm... more

Heaven and Earth from BL YT 36, f. 130

Heaven and Earth from BL YT 36, f. 130

Miniature of Beatrice explaining to Dante that the universe is a hierarchy of being, with creatures devoid of reason in the early 'sea of being', and heaven as nine spheres rules by the figure of love. Image ta... more

Illuminated initials from BL YT 36, f. 136v

Illuminated initials from BL YT 36, f. 136v

Illuminated initials on a text page, with an illuminated initial 'S'. Image taken from f. 136v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

The avaricous lay face down; from BL Eg 943, f. 97v

The avaricous lay face down; from BL Eg 943, f. 97v

Detail of a miniature of the avaricious laying face down on the fifth terrace of Purgatory. Image taken from f. 97v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Latin co... more

Illuminated initials from BL YT 36, f. 109

Illuminated initials from BL YT 36, f. 109

Illuminated initials on a text page. Image taken from f. 109 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

The Celestial Rose from BL YT 36, f. 185

The Celestial Rose from BL YT 36, f. 185

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Beatrice before the Celestial Rose, with the Holy Trinity and the orders of angels among the petals, in illustration of Paradiso XXXI. Image taken from f. 185 of Divina Commed... more

Florentine towns from BL YT 36, f. 157

Florentine towns from BL YT 36, f. 157

Detail of a miniature of Dante being shown the Florentine towns. Image taken from f. 157 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

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

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

The Triumph of Christ from BL YT 36, f. 170

The Triumph of Christ from BL YT 36, f. 170

Miniature of Dante and Beatrice witnessing the Triumph of Christ, with Christ looking down on a group of kneeling souls, enclosed in a circle of stars, in illustration of Paradiso XXIII. Image taken from f. 170... more

Judgement of Minos from BL YT 36, f. 8v

Judgement of Minos from BL YT 36, f. 8v

Miniature of the judgement of Minos, in illustration of Canto V. Image taken from f. 8v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Adam, Christ, and Solomon from BL YT 36, f. 153

Adam, Christ, and Solomon from BL YT 36, f. 153

Miniature of Adam, Christ and Solomon, with a sunburst of glory behind them. Image taken from f. 153 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

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

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

The Procession from BL YT 36, f. 119

The Procession from BL YT 36, f. 119

Miniature of Dante and Virgil with others in the heavenly Procession. Image taken from f. 119 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Inferno: Virgil and Dante look up at the furies from BL Eg 943, f. 17

Inferno: Virgil and Dante look up at the furies from BL Eg 943, f. 17

Framed miniature of Virgil and Dante looking up at the bloodstained furies at the top of a tower. Image taken from f. 17 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, with a short Lat... more

The Orders of Angels from BL YT 36, f. 180

The Orders of Angels from BL YT 36, f. 180

Detail of a miniature of Beatrice watching as Dante kneels before the orders of angels, who are kneeling before the Trinity; on the right, Dionysius sits, with an open book on his knee, in illustration of Parad... more

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

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, from canto 34. Image taken from f. 61 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy): Inferno, Purgatorio, ... more

Punishment of the Diviners from BL YT 36, f. 35v

Punishment of the Diviners from BL YT 36, f. 35v

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil witnessing the punishment of the diviners, whose heads are turned backwards because they had attempted to see too far into the future, in illustration of Canto XX. Imag... more

The Empyrean from BL YT 36, f. 184

The Empyrean from BL YT 36, f. 184

Miniature of Dante and Beatrice before the Empyrean, the Heavenly City, with the congregation of the blessed seated on benches surrounding an empty imperial throne, in illustration of Paradiso XXX. Image taken ... more

Daughters of Count Berengar from BL YT 36, f. 140

Daughters of Count Berengar from BL YT 36, f. 140

Miniature of Dante and Beatrice before the four daughters of Count Berengar. Image taken from f. 140 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri

Stecher: Galle, Philips

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

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

Florentine towns from BL YT 36, f. 157

Florentine towns from BL YT 36, f. 157

Miniature of Dante being shown the Florentine towns. Image taken from f. 157 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

The Heaven of Jupiter from BL YT 36, f. 161

The Heaven of Jupiter from BL YT 36, f. 161

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Beatrice ascending to the Heaven of Jupiter. Image taken from f. 161 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Three circles of the violent from BL YT 36, f. 20

Three circles of the violent from BL YT 36, f. 20

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil looking into the tomb of Pope Anastasius, and the three tiers of the violent, suicides, and other malefactors, in illustration of Canto XI. Image taken from f. 20 of Di... more

Earthly Paradise from BL YT 36, f. 116v

Earthly Paradise from BL YT 36, f. 116v

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil with others within the earthly Paradise. Image taken from f. 116v of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Dante and Beatrice from BL YT 36, f. 150

Dante and Beatrice from BL YT 36, f. 150

Miniature of Dante and Beatrice before Bonaventure, who is standing in the Heaven of the Sun, while on the right, Dominic is preaching to a group of heathens, in illustration of Paradiso, Canto XII. Image taken... more

Dante and Virgil from BL YT 36, f. 5

Dante and Virgil from BL YT 36, f. 5

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil in the vestibolo, in illustration of Canto III. Image taken from f. 5 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Dante from BL YT 36, f. 68

Dante from BL YT 36, f. 68

Miniature of Dante encountering Casella and Cato. Image taken from f. 68 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Traitors to Kindred from BL YT 36, f. 59

Traitors to Kindred from BL YT 36, f. 59

Miniature of Dante and Virgil witnessing the traitors in the frozen marsh, and Dante attempts to raise the traitor Bocca by his hair, while Ugolino sinks his teeth in the Archbishop Ruggieri's head, in illustra... more

Beatrice from BL YT 36, f. 132

Beatrice from BL YT 36, f. 132

Miniature of Beatrice explaining some scientific theories to Dante, including the appearance of the moon. Image taken from f. 132 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Dante and Virgil from BL YT 36, f. 46

Dante and Virgil from BL YT 36, f. 46

Miniature of Dante and Virgil witnessing Vanno Fucci, the pillager of a church in Pistoia, being attacked by the monster Cacus, who is half-centaur and half-dragon, and Dante and Virgil speaking to three other ... more

Dante and Charon from BL YT 36, f. 6

Dante and Charon from BL YT 36, f. 6

Detail of a miniature of Dante being rowed by Charon across the River Acheron, from the closing lines of Canto III in the Inferno. Image taken from f. 6 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Detail: ten heads in the heaven of Jupiter from BL Eg 943, f. 159

Detail: ten heads in the heaven of Jupiter from BL Eg 943, f. 159

Framed miniature of Beatrice and Dante before ten heads in the heaven of Jupiter. Image taken from f. 159 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

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

The eagle of Justice from BL YT 36, f. 162

The eagle of Justice from BL YT 36, f. 162

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Beatrice before the eagle of Justice. Image taken from f. 162 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.