The Divine Comedy: Dante & Botticelli’s Visions of Violence and Beauty (2001)

Two of Italy’s greatest artists are eternally linked, one genius having paid homage to another.
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Two hundred years after Dante Alighieri wrote The Divine Comedy, Sandro Botticelli illustrated the classic with a series of exquisite drawings crafted at the height of his career. In this program, translator Mark Musa, art historians, clergy, and other experts guide viewers through Botticelli’s exquisite portrayal of Dante’s Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, images that have had a lasting impact on the collective imagination of Western civilization. This program surveys Dante’s epic and the 92 surviving illustrations to provide an unparalleled tour of two masterpieces of literature and art.
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