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JumpingJack
62164.  Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:13 pm Reply with quote

Question:

What did Dante write?

Forfeits:

THE DIVINE COMEDY

Answer:

La Commedia.

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) wrote his famous trilogy in the early 14th century but it was not printed until 1472. The commonly used adjective ‘Divina’ (as in The Divine Comedy) was not used by Dante or any of his contemporaries. It was first added on the title page of the edition by Lodovico Dolce (1508-68) in 1555.

Notes:

Dante is hard, and few can understand him.
BEN JONSON Volpone


According to Boccaccio, while Dante’s mother was pregnant with him, she dreamt that her son would be transformed into a peacock.

Dante dreamt the whole of the Divine Comedy during the night of Good Friday 1300.

On his death in 1321, part of the MS of the Divine Comedy was lost. His son Jacopo found it after Dante appeared to him in a dream and told him where to look. It was in Dante's bedroom wall concealed in a niche behind a hanging rug.

Dante's Dream by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82), is Rossetti's largest ever painting. The dream in question is neither of the two mentioned above. In it, Dante dreams that he is led by Love to the death-bed of Beatrice Portinari, the object of his unrequited passion since the age of nine, and the heroine of La Commedia.

Picture ideas:

PICTURE RESEARCHERS

PICTURE OF DANTE

Sources:

s: DCF s: dan
s: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/collections/19c/rossetti.asp
s: http://www.granta.com/books/chapters/1173
s: http://listserv.ucsb.edu/lsv-cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0511&L=nabokv-l&T=0&P=20413

 

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