Donald Newman Illustrations of The Inferno (2004)

Donald Newman is an artist who works in oil, watercolor, sculpture, and photography. He created a series of illustrations depicting the 34 cantos of the Inferno, with the above illustrations representing Canto 5 and Canto 19.

You can check out the full series and Newman’s other works on his website.

Kim Addonizio, “Blues for Dante Alighieri”

Kim Addonizio‘s blues poem first appeared in the December 2002 issue of Poetry magazine, and was later included in the collection What is This Thing Called Love (2004):Kim-Addonizio-Blues-for-Dante-Alighieri

Listen to Addonizio read and discuss the poem here.

Contributed by Jessica Beasley (Florida State University ’18)

House, M.D., “Damned If You Do” (2004)

HouseIn Season 1, Episode 5 of House, M.D., two of the show’s main characters refer to the Inferno while complaining about working a shift in a clinic:

House: We are condemned to useless labor.

Wilson: Fourth circle of Hell. Charting goes a lot faster when you eliminate all classic poetry.

House: Writing down what we already know to be read by nobody. I’m pretty sure Dante would agree that qualifies as useless.

Contributed by Stephanie Hotz, University of Texas at Austin

Divine Comedy Illustrations by Miquel Barceló

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This series of watercolor illustrations, painted by Spanish artist Miquel Barceló, exhibited at the Louvre in 2004.

See Torresani-edu for more information.

ARoS Museum (Denmark): Inspired by Dante’s Comedy


“On the roof of a museum inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, a sculptural walkway resembling a many-colored halo is attracting record-breaking crowds. It offers a 360-degree view through multicolored glass of Denmark’s second-largest city and by night it lights up, the brightest illumination in western Denmark.” [. . .]    –Nicolai Hartivig, The New York Times, October 14, 2011

Contributed by Hope Stockton (Bowdoin, ’07)

YelworC: Trinity and Icolation

German band yelworC‘s recent work finds its roots in the Divine Comedy. Trinity (2004) and Icolation (2007) were inspired by Dante’s Inferno and Purgatory, respectively, and a third CD, tentatively titled “Any Heaven?” is to follow.

Charmed: “Styx Feet Under”

charmed-season-seven“Styx Feet Under” is the 5th episode of the 7th season of “Charmed” where Piper becomes an angel of death. There are various references to death and hell in the episode.

Contributed by Tyler Doherty (EHS student)

Chuck Klosterman, “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs” (2004)

chuck-klosterman-sex-drugs-and-cocoa-puffs-2004“The following citing is taken from an essay about the 1980s rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. I quote: ‘Scrabble is a game. Popomatic Trouble is a game. Major League Baseball is a game. But any situation where [Larry] Bird is boxing out Magic [Johnson] for a rebound that matters is not. That is a conflict that dwarfs Dante.’ (NY: Scribner, p. 104)”    –Cody Reis

Contributed by Cody Reis (NYU)

Tim Barsky & Everyday Ensemble, “The Bright River” (2004)

tim-barsky-everyday-ensemble-the-bright-river-2004“The Bright River is a hip-hop retelling of Dante’s Inferno by a traditional storyteller, Tim Barsky, with a live soundtrack performed by some of the best hip-hop and klezmer musicians in the Bay Area. A dizzying theatrical journey through a world spinning helplessly out of control, the show sends audiences on a mass-transit tour of the Afterlife. Guided by a fixer named Quick, and moving through an urban landscape that is at once both intensely real and fantastic, the show is a deep-rooted love story, a profound meditation on mass transit, and a passionate commentary on the current war in Iraq.” [. . .]    —Everyday Theater

See Everyday Theater to learn more, watch video clips, and read reviews.

Metamorfosi, “Inferno” (1972) and “Paradiso (2004)

This Italian progressive rock band released “Inferno” in 1972 and, 32 years later, “Paradiso.” The album tracks correspond with Dante’s journey through the afterlife, although in some cases the musicians did alter some of the sins punished in hell.