The National Library is marking the seventh centenary of the death of Dante Alighieri, by hosting an exhibition curated by Michele Curnis, on the Italian poets masterpiece, The Divine Comedy.
The 14th-century narrative poem Divine Comedy represents “the journey of the soul towards God and is considered one of the greatest works of literature.
It was begun in 1308 and was completed a year before his death in 1321.
The narrative describes Dante’s journey, guided by the Roman poet Virgil, through Hell, where he confronts the rejection of sin, Purgatory, where he follows a penitent Christian life, where finally his soul ascends to God in Heaven represented as Paradise.
Each of the three parts are divided into 33 songs, plus an introductory song, making a total of 100 song which describe a series of circles in which they meet people according to their sins and the memory that has remained with them.
Born in Florence in 1265, Dante Alighieri was a poet who has had major influence on the development of Italian language and identity as well as modern literature..
Furthermore, many artists from all eras created illustrations in relation to Dante and his works: Botticelli, Gustave Doré, Salvador Dalí, Miguel Ángel and William Blake among others.
Monday to Friday 09:30 a 20:00 h in the Salón de Lectura María Moliner (2nd floor).