334 Romance Languages IX. ITALIAN STUDIES DUECENTO AND TRECENTO I DANTE By Catherine M. Keen, Lecturer in Italian, University of Leeds 1. General Dante has caught the imagination, in the year 2000, of a public far wider than the academic readership normally addressed in these pages, thanks to the exhibition of Sandro Botticelli’s illustrations to the DC mounted in Berlin, Rome, and London, and accompanied by a beautifully produced catalogue, Sandro Botticelli, pittore della Divina Commedia, ed. Sebastiano Gentile, 2 vols, Mi, Skira, 277, 295 pp. The ﬁrst volume, dedicated to the contextual part of the exhibition, contains a number of essays on the reading of D. in Quattrocento Florence, and on B.’s artistic culture, techniques, and environment; it also includes a series of images, in the sixth section of visual material (‘Dante nel Quattrocento ﬁorentino’, 215–59), that relate directly to the depiction of D., the illustration of the DC, and the production of 15th-c. commentaries, that dantisti may ﬁnd particularly absorbing. C. Vasoli, ‘Dante e la cultura ﬁorentina del maturo Quattrocento’ (12–25), discusses the 15th-c. debates over D.’s civic, literary, and philosophical status, tracing the evolution from Bruni to Ficino of approaches to the poet and to the
The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies – Brill
Published: Dec 20, 2000
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