Designing Dante: An Exhibition Tour with Dr Guyda Armstrong
|Dates:||30 September 2022|
|Times:||14:00 - 14:45|
|What is it:||Tour|
|Organiser:||John Rylands Research Institute and Library|
|Who is it for:||Adults, General public|
Would you like to learn more about book design and see some of the finest books from the John Rylands Research Institute and Library Special Collections?
The Italian medieval author Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) is known for his fantastical reimagining of the worlds of the Christian afterlife, the Commedia (Divine Comedy). In this poem, Dante tours the three realms of the afterlife, Hell, Purgatory and Heaven, where his hyper-real and multi-sensory accounts of the afterlife evoke the torments of the damned and the rapture of the blessed. The Commedia quickly became hugely popular and has been re-made and re-imagined over the centuries since it was first written. Join Dr Guyda Armstrong to explore both Dante’s design of his afterlife, and the ways the poem itself has been designed and presented in manuscript, print, visual images, and sound in the 700 years since his death.
Dr Guyda Armstrong is a Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Manchester, with an extensive background in History of the Book and Digital Humanities. She is now Scientific and Digital Lead for the John Rylands Research Institute and Library.
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