Dante Alighieri: The Legacy Of The Divine Comedy

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Political thinker, poet, author, and philosopher, Dante Alighieri was more that just your average man. Not only did he inspire the people who read his work but his work itself created a whole wave of Dante impressionists. His works made an undoubtable impact on medieval literature and theology. The Divine Comedy is and was considered one of the greatest Italian works of literature. Dante is considered the father of the Italian language. His works and his legacy have continued to flourish even after his death on September 13th, 1321. Dante was born in Florence, Italy on May 21st, 1265. He was born into a family that was involved in the very complex Florentine government which later helped form the basis for The Divine Comedy. Sadly, Dante 's …show more content…
Since the fall of Rome, there was not a great piece of literature written yet. Dante wrote the first great work of literature in the language of his people. The originally story was written in venicular Italian, which was not popular at the time.In fact at the time there was hardly a set Italian language, because Latin was the common language. Dante was soon considered the Father of Italy, because many Italian writers and thinkers soon started to write their literature in Italian as well. In Florence the poem would be read to the public like a lecture. The Divine Comedy and all of the italians influenced to write like Dante helped create the Italian language. His work is considered what brought the European world out of the Medieval Ages and into the Renaissance. The reason this was thought is that it showed civilization reemerging and the ending of catholic rule. The story gave an image that the middles ages were a time of the past. Dante’s use of mythology and rebellion against the church also influenced more writers to do the same. When the story had traveled to Europe and read by many writers, many people were influenced. Many writers of the Renaissance have close ties in their writings to the Divine Comedy. “If you take a look at Chaucer’s work, for example, certain stories from The Canterbury Tales such as “The Monk’s Tale” are heavily …show more content…
Dante depicts Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven with great detail and imagery. Many sought to illustrate the story of The Divine Comedy in many different ways. At the time of publication, there was no printing press so only 40 written manuscripts were spread. As the audience grew with advanced technologies, the amount of masterpieces made were staggering. Dante’s literary vision came to life, with art pieces such as the Yates-Thompson Codex. In the Yates-Thompson Codex many characters would be depicted such as, Dante, Virgil, and Minos. Paradiso was seen as a difficult task, but artist Giovanni di Paola took the challenge. Many of his great pieces of art Dante in heaven, angels, and the moon and stars. Sandro Botticelli would be the man to illustrate the whole Divine Comedy, and create the images of what many people now think of as hell and heaven. His illustrations followed every canto of the epic poem and did his best to illustrate Dante’s words. “Botticelli was extremely faithful to Dante’s text and was very precise in devoting illustrations to every scene that he considered of utmost interest.”(6) The Map of Hell was one of his greatest works. Many illustrators to even modern times still create their depictions of what world Dante was trying to

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