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From the Library, September Edition

From the Library this September...
30 Sep 2021
Written by Olivia Tan
The House

To honour the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, Christ Church hosts a small and focused display of books and drawings from the Renaissance period. Two early printed editions of Dante’s Comedy, describing the poet’s vision of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, show the impact of the new technology on the appearance of the poem and its illustration. Three fine drawings from the late 16th century by Jacopo Ligozzi, the principal surviving evidence of a larger project to create engravings to accompany the entire poem, give the visitor a dramatic introduction to the narrative of the poet who is lost in the forest, assailed by wild beasts, and helped towards salvation by the poet Virgil.
 

This small exhibition in collaboration with Christ Church Library - Special Collections opens in the Picture Gallery from 1 October to 19 December 2021.

Click here to read more about the Library exhibition.

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