The Divine Comedy Described in Six Plates
- Alternate Title:
- La materia della Divina commedia di Dante Alighieri dichiarata in VI tavole da Michelangelo Caetani
- The Divine Comedy Described in Six Plates
- Persuasive Maps: PJ Mode Collection
- Caetani, Michelangelo
- Other Creators:
- D. Oderisio Piscicelli Taeggi, artist
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- 1800 - 1869
Heaven and Hell
- 24.5 x 17.5 on sheet 32 x 23 (centimeters, height x width)
- The tantalizing details in Dante's work led a number of medieval scholars and artists to attempt a topography of the Divine Comedy. "During the fifteenth century, the Florentine architect Antonio Manetti decided that one could gather the information presented in [The Inferno] and extrapolate from it to map out precisely the size, shape and location of Dante's Hell." Padron 2007, 261. For Manetti's images, see ID ##1004.01-.07.
Manetti's analysis was reflected in Botticelli's famous Chart of Hell and guided scholars and artists for centuries thereafter. Parker 2013, 87-89. Manetti's posthumous work presents "the first printed maps of Dante's hell and, as such, the beginning of a venerable tradition." Cachey 2007, 453. Venerable indeed: 350 years later, Michelangelo Caetani published "The Content of Dante's Divine Comedy Described in Six Plates" (ID ##1071.01-.07), applying modern chromolithography to Manetti's 15th Century ideas. Caetani, the Duke of Sermoneta, was a leading Dante scholar of his time. His work was printed by the monks at Monte Cassino.
See generally Padron 2007, 260-65. For critical views on the notion of mapping the Inferno from the text of Dante, see Gilbert 1945; Kleiner 1994.
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- Caetani, Michelangelo. La materia della Divina commedia di Dante Alighieri dichiarata in VI tavole da Michelangelo Caetani. Montecassino: Monaci benedettini di Montecassino.
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