Monday 4 May 2020

Dante Aligheri (Italy, 1965)

A stamp to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the birth of Dante, who had as much influence over poetry, notions of love and our perception of hell as anyone I can think of.

According to the internetz, this stamp depicts a scene from The Inferno, Canto 10 in which Dante and Virgil meet the entombed Florentine heretics Farinata degli Uberti and Cavalcante de’ Cavalcanti. Their heresy was not believing in life after death; this led them very literally to an afterlife spent in an open tomb full of flames…

The scene is taken from a miniature in Cod. Urb. lat. 365, a fifteenth-century manuscript in the Vatican Library.

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