In Dante’s World

I’ve never read Dante’s 14th century epic poem Divine Comedy, but I certainly encountered him on my weekend in Italy.  Perhaps I should add it to my reading list.

Dante lived in this house in 1306

 

The Malta Tower in Citadella (built 1251) is mentioned in Dante's Paradiso, Canto IX

 

The Scrovegni Chapel — more about this is a later post — was built by the son of an infamous usurer who lived in the 14th century and is one of those condemned to hell in Dante’s Inferno.  This section of the famous Giotto fresco shows the son offering the chapel on behalf of his father’s soul.

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