Today’s birthday May 9th 1265 : Italian poet Dante Alighieri who wrote the epic la Divina Commedia (the Divine Comedy).(statue in Tuscany)

On the surface,  the poem describes Dante’s travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise or Heaven; but at a deeper level, it represents, allegorically, the soul’s journey towards God.

Photo 2 :

Dante Alighieri’s ’New Life’ (Vita Nuova). Hand-painted on vellum with straps. Studs gilded by bookbinder Roger Perry.

  

(https://www.flickr.com/photos/thewholeman/8321050600/in/album-72157612051255522/)

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