Dante’s 750th Birthday

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Date(s) - 12/03//2015
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Library of Congress, Mumford Room, Madison Blg., 6th floor


Dante Alighieri at the Library of Congress. Panel of distinguished scholars talk about the great Italian poet’s influence on music, American art and popular culture, philosophy, science and the law. Featuring: Francesco Ciabattoni, Georgetown University; Kristina Marie Olson, George Mason University; Bernardo Piciché, Virginia Commonwealth University; and Eugenio Refini, Johns Hopkins University. Followed at 5:30 by a display of unique treasures in the Library’s collections relating to Dante. The Library holds more than 5,000 collection items, including eleven incunables—books printed before 1500—of “The Divine Comedy” and other works written by Dante from 1477 to 1497.  Among them is the first edition with a full commentary of “The Divine Comedy” printed in 1477 by Wendelin of Speier in Venice; and, from the Rosenwald Collection, a folio copy of “The Divine Comedy,” printed in 1481 by Nicolaus Laurentii in Florence, with woodcuts inspired by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510).  The Dante holdings also contain at least 52 rare books from the period 1502 to 1796, including the 1502 “Aldine” edition of “The Divine Comedy,” printed in Venice by the most famous Renaissance printer, Aldus Manutius. Free admission.