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Dante's Comedy in the Boboli Gardens
"Between forest and stars", Dante's journey and the Gardens' ambiances
"Between forest and stars"
The itinerant performance produced by the Uffizi Galleries and put on in the Boboli Gardens on 6 September 2021, on the occasion of the 700th anniv...
The Gate of Hell. Paolo and Francesca
The Gate of Hell warns sinners. It was created by God and is still without doors because Christ unhinged it when he went down to Limbo to bring out...
Harpy and the hanged man
Circle VII, Ring II. In the forest of suicides, the Harpies tear apart the "violent against themselves" and the profligates
The sodomites, politicians and captains: Iacopo Rusticucci, Guido Guerra, Tegghiaio Aldobrandi
Circle VII, Ring III. The "violent against nature" are condemned to be burnt by a firestorm
The usurers: Reginaldo degli Scrovegni
Circle VII, Ring III. "The violent against art" are those who operated aginst work and honest jobs protected by God. They crouch down under a rain...
The simoniacs: Pope Nicholas III
Circle VIII, Bolgia III. The simoniacs are those who bought or sold Church offices or pardons. In the Inferno, their attachment to earthly possessi...
The grafters: Ciampolo
Circle VIII (Malebolge), bolgia V. The grafters (also the historical Dante was unjustly accused of such crime) are immersed in boiling pitch and to...
The thieves: Vanni Fucci
Circle VIII (Malebolge), bolgia VII. The thieves run naked and terrified in the midst of horrifying snakes of all kinds, whose monstruosity is unkn...
Sowers of discord and Schismatics
Circle VIII, Bolgia IX. "The disgusting mode of the ninth Bolgia" consists in torturing those who worked to tear apart the given order (religious, ...
The traitors to their kindred: Camicion de'Pazzi and Sassol Mascheroni
Circle IX, Caina region. The damned in the first part of the circle, called Caina after the name of the Biblical fratricide, are condemned to be im...
The traitors to their country: Bocca degli Abati
Circle IX circle, Antenora region. Those who made an agreement with enemies against their own party or country - as the Trojan Antenor did with the...
The Shores of Purgatory. The penitents' souls and Casella
The Canto II of Purgatory begins with the Celestial Pilot who ferries the souls of the dead in the grace of God, from the mouth of the Tiber to the...
The contumacious and excommunicated: Manfredi
At the foot of the mountain Dante meets the souls of those who have died after being excommunicated and have to wait thirty times the time they hav...
Those who died by violence, but repentant: Iacopo del Cassero
On the second spur of the Antepurgatory, those who repented immediately before being killed sing the Psalm of Miserere pleading for God's mercy and...
Those who died by violence, but repentant: Bonconte da Montefeltro
In the second spur of the Antipurgatory, Dante also meets Bonconte da Montefeltro whose corpse, mortally wounded in the Battle of Campaldino, was d...
Those who died by violence, but repentant: Pia de'Tolomei
Among the repentant who died by murder, there is also Pia de'Tolomei, defenestrated, according to tradition, by her husband, perhaps to punish her ...
The Negligent Princes: Corrado Malaspina
In the valley of the negligent princes, Dante meets rulers and lords, who, in their lives, neglected their spiritual duties and political mission t...
The Proud: Oderisi da Gubbio
In the first cornice of Purgatory Dante meets the proud, forced to walk in a circle under the weight of huge stones while reciting Our Father. Oder...
The avaricious and prodigal: Pope Adrian V
V Cornice. It is the only case in which sinners serve the same penalty albeit for opposite sins. Both the avaricious and the prodigal are bound wit...
The glottonous: Bonagiunta Orbicciani
VI cornice. The gluttonous are tormented by a neverending hunger and thirst provoked by the scent of fruits hanging from two trees, and by the gush...
The lustful: Arnault Daniel
VII cornice. Two groups of penitents walk in opposite directions and sing the hymn Summae Deus clementiae along a wall of flames, symbol of the lov...
The Earthly Paradise: Matelda
After entering the Garden of Eden, Dante sees Matelda on the opposite bank of the Lethe River that is preventing him to go on. Many critics have di...
The mystic procession and the apparition of Beatrice
At the end of the Earthly Paradise, Dante meets Beatrice, surrounded by ranks of angels and clouds of flowers. She is seated on a triumphal chariot...
The Defective Spirits of Paradise: Piccarda Donati
In Paradise, in the first Sphere of the Moon, Dante addresses souls with an evanescent appearance like reflections of water. Among them is Piccarda...
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