Amor mi mosse, che mi fa parlare

Dante's Comedy, 700 years later

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Jean-Ernest Aubert, Portrait of Dante after Raphael. 

Dear fellow traveler,

 

For the past 700 years, Dante Alighieri’s Comedy has accompanied our thoughts and fed our imaginations.

We have studied it, memorized it, painted it, sculpted it, set it to music, staged it. Our eyes have scurried along its each and every verse, our minds interpreted its metaphors, our hearts beat to the rhythm of Dante’s poetic genius. The Comedy continues, as it has before, to inspire us.

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Map of the places named in Dante’s works or visited by him, created by Mary Hensman. - Dante Map, London, Nutt, 1892. McGill Rare Books and Special Collections, Colgate VI.Essex House.

To celebrate this poet amongst poets, we present to you a new reading of his masterpiece. We invite you to view the Comedy through the eyes of many others who have lived and breathed it over the last seven centuries by means of the manuscripts and print books that have been the heralds and vehicles through which the Comedy has reached an ever larger readership. We invite you to see the poem through the gaze of the artists who have illuminated and illustrated it over the centuries, through the books that have enabled the poem to travel from late medieval Italy to contemporary Quebec.

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Diagram of Earth showing Hell and Purgatory. - Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Banco Rari 215, f. IIIr.

Let us return
once more
to this wonderful story
about an incredible journey.
Let us follow in
Dante
the pilgrim’s footsteps
through
Hell,
Purgatory,
and Paradise.
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Let us return

to the dark wood,

where 

Dante found himself 

mid-way 

along the journey 

of his life, 

700 years 

after 

the poet’s death.

Dante

THE Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal

 

THE Centre d’études médiévales OF THE UNIVERSITÉ DE MONTRÉAL

 

McGill University

 

Concordia University

 

in collaboration with

 

the BIBLIOTECA NAZIONALE CENTRALE of Florence

 

the BIBLIOTECA MEDICEA LAURENZIANA of Florence

 

the BIBLIOTECA NAZIONALE of Naples

 

the BIBLIOTHÈQUE DES LIVRES RARES ET COLLECTIONS SPÉCIALES of the Université de Montréal

 

McGill University’s RARE BOOKS AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

   

the ISTITUTO DELL'ENCICLOPEDIA ITALIANA TRECCANI

 

PRESENT

Amor mi mosse, che mi fa parlare

Dante's Comedy, 700 years later

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