Book Series Art History (Outside a Series)

The Smiling Walls

Dante e le arte figurative / Dante and the Visual Arts

Rossend Arqués, Laura Pasquini, Silvia Maddalo (eds)

  • Pages: approx. 280 p.
  • Size:220 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:120 col.
  • Language(s):English, Italian
  • Publication Year:2023


This miscellaneous volume studies Dante's artistic reception in the field of mural painting between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries. The book also contains contributions with a focus on the artistic experience of Dante e.g. the relationship with Giotto, the contemplation of the mosaics of the Battistero di San Giovanni of Florence and of Ravenna, and their influence on the creation of his poem.


Rossend Arqués Corominas is Professor of Italian Literature at Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona.

Silvia Maddalo is Professor at the Università degli Studi della Tuscia.

Laura Pasquini is adjunct Professor at the Department of History and Cultures at the Università di Bologna.


This book addresses the artistic reception of the Comedy in mural painting from the '300 to the '500, created by some of the greatest fresco painters of these centuries, for the first time in its articulated and composite totality. Well-known specialists participate in each of the epochs and in each of the artists studied, analyzing in particular the different moments in which the painters of the 14th and 15th centuries have placed the figuration of the afterlife and of the universal judgment in the light of the Dante experience.