The Divine Comedy Illustration by Sandro Botticelli

The Influence of Literature on Modern Art

Dante, The Divine Comedy,

and their influence on art-making throughout history

Dante Alighieri’s manuscript The Divine Comedy is largely regarded as one of the greatest masterworks of literature, and most especially epic poetry. The narrative, centering around a protagonist of the same name, is largely autobiographical when excluding the supernatural elements that surround the undertakings. The epic, like those of Homer, Sophocles (playwright), Ovid, and Virgil, who largely influenced this thirteenth/fourteenth century Italian, does a tremendous job of intermingling religious and political ideologies, and the most importantly: love, or what the author considers divine love. Dante’s descriptions provide piercing imagery that open the imagination…

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