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<p>William Blake, The Circle of the Lustful: Paolo and Francesca, 1827

William Blake, The Circle of the Lustful: Paolo and Francesca, 1827, engraving, Rosenwald Collection, 1943.3.5395

Dante: A Poem and Its Afterlife

Focus: Exhibitions

  • Friday, June 16, 2023
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • West Building, Main Floor, Gallery 10–11
  • Talks
  • In-person

Join us in our Going through Hell: The Divine Dante exhibition for a conversation with Professor Deborah Parker.

Dante’s Divine Comedy is one of the most illustrated literary works of all time. The poem’s highly visual nature has intrigued and inspired many artists, among them Botticelli, Michelangelo, Bronzino, Ingres, Dalí, and Rauschenberg. Professor Parker will discuss notable features of works in the show, including the Allegorical Portrait of Dante, William Blake’s The Circle of the Lustful: Paolo and Francesca, Gustave Doré’s Dante’s Inferno, Rodin’s The Kiss, and For Dante’s 700th Birthday.

About Deborah Parker

Deborah Parker is a professor of Italian at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Commentary and Ideology: Dante in the Renaissance (1993), Bronzino: Renaissance Painter as Poet (2000), and Michelangelo and the Art of Letter Writing (2011), co-author of Inferno Revealed: From Dante to Dan Brown (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and general editor of the multimedia archive, The World of Dante