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Birk Illustrations

A contemporary artist interprets and illustrates the Commedia with scenes from 21st century urban American life.

Dante’s Tre Giri of Paradiso 33

An examination of Dante’s description of the shape, motion, size, color, and configuration of the three giri (“rounds”) of the Trinity in Paradiso 33.115-120, in order to envision what the Pilgrim “saw” when looking at this great Mystery

Illustrations from Early Printed Editions of the Commedia

Drawn from the collections of Columbia's own Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

An Architect’s Vision of Dante’s Hell

Paulo de Tarso, a professional architect based in Brazil, visually represents the spatial issues inherent in Dante's conception of hell in this series of four videos.

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