Dante and the Art of Hell


Dante’s Divine Comedy has inspired medieval illuminations, Renaissance frescoes, surrealist paintings, and modern sculptures. This course explores this remarkable visual history to interpret Dante’s poem. What new features of Dante’s world do these visual adaptations bring into focus? Visiting sites throughout Italy, we will also aim to reconstruct Dante’s visual and built environment to understand what is distinctive about his vision. Taught in English. Offered through Duke in Venice and Duke in Bologna programs. 

Crosslisting Numbers: 

Italian 342A
Art History 342A
Literature 342A

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Course Study Areas: 

Fine Arts, Language and Literature