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Dante Alighieri - Public domain portrait engraving

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Dante Alighieri - Public domain portrait engraving

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Public domain scan of Italian 17th-century print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

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 worldview as it had developed in the Western Church by the 14th century.

Printmaking in woodcut and engraving came to Northern Italy within a few decades of their invention north of the Alps. Engraving probably came first to Florence in the 1440s, the goldsmith Maso Finiguerra (1426–64) used the technique. Italian engraving caught the very early Renaissance, 1460–1490. Print copying was a widely accepted practice, as well as copying of paintings viewed as images in their own right.

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1600 - 1700
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Österreichische Nationalbibliothek - Austrian National Library
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Public Domain Mark 1.0

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