Image galleries and scholarship on artistic interpretations of Dante

Illustrations from Early Printed Editions of the Commedia

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

Birk Illustrations

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

George Cochrane’s Illustrations of Dante’s Inferno

Contemporary artist George Cochrane hand-letters and illustrates the Inferno, reviving the medieval manuscript tradition in the 21st century.

An Architect’s Vision of Dante’s Hell

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

William Blake and The Divine Comedy

The 19th-century English poet, painter and printmaker visually interprets Dante's Commedia in the Romantic Age.

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

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