Book Series Reading Dante with Images, vol. 2

Reading Dante with Images: Visual Commentaries

Matthew Collins, Luca Marcozzi (eds)

  • Pages: approx. 320 p.
  • Size:220 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:180 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2024


Volume two of this series features new perspectives from fields including philology, literary criticism, philosophy, art history, and design.


Matthew Collins holds a PhD from Harvard University’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and an MA from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. His monograph, The Early Printed Illustrations of Dante’s ‘Commedia’ , is forthcoming with Notre Dame Press. He has taught at Harvard and at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and a Lauro De Bosis Postdoctoral Fellow, and he is currently completing his JD at NYU School of Law.

Luca Marcozzi is Full professor of Italian Literature, Università di Roma Tre. He focuses on Dante, Petrarch and Renaissance literature. He authored or edited several books, among those Bembo (2017), Dante e la retorica (2017), Dante e il mondo animale (2013), Lessico critico petrarchesco (2016), and the commentary to the Commedia di Dante con figure dipinte (2015). He was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame (2013)


This volume continues the Reading Dante with Images series, which brings together two great traditions in the critical engagement with Dante's Commedia: The Lectura Dantis, a canto-by-canto interpretation of the poem that dates back to the fourteenth century, and the artistic interpretation of Dante's work, which began among the earliest manuscript copies of the poem that generated rich and dynamically evolving iconographies. Each of these traditions played key roles in the early and continued diffusion of the text and its interpretation, and they have developed over the centuries in surprising and enlightening ways, mirroring expanding and renewing interest in Dante’s masterpiece on the part of his readers. This series is itself one such renewal, bringing an interdisciplinary group of scholars and artists into engagements with the poem and its illustrations’ visual commentaries. Volume two of this series features new perspectives from fields including philology, literary criticism, philosophy, art history, and design.


Luca Marcozzi, Visualizing (and understanding) the Divine Comedy: images as figurative commentaries in the earlier illuminated manuscripts and prints.

Karl Fugelso, Gateway: Inferno 3 Across the Centuries

Giulia M. Cipriani, Inferno 34. The Encounter with the Devil

Henrike Christiane Lange, Ephemerality and Perspective in Dante’s Marble Reliefs and Botticelli’s Drawing for Purgatorio X

Eduard Vilella, Visual, Non-visual and Scenographic Effects in Purgatorio 13

Paolo Rigo, Purgatorio 30. Farewell and Reunion

Sara Taglialatela, Paradiso 14: On two obstacles to the faculty of memory as recollection

Giulia Monaco, The Faithful Angels and the Rebellious ones: Par. 29 towards the “Dante visualizzato”

Francesca Benedetto, The Comedy and I