Eataly’s Birreria, New York

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“You’ll actually have one more story to climb once you arrive in the elevator lobby, where you can take a tri-level stairway adorned with some very fitting text from the three parts of Dante’s Divine Comedy. The first staircase is from Inferno (Hell), the second from Puragtorio (Purgatory), and the final from Paradiso (Heaven).” []    —Brew York, May 25, 2011

Dante and Foxy Mega Toilet Paper

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Contributed by Elizabeth Coggeshall

Dante’s Inferno Razor

dantes-inferno-razor“This is a job from a couple months ago. This was one of the most intense themes I have done. Tons of details in very small places. The theme was Dante’s Inferno and the images are based on Dore’s illustrations for the book. The toughest part was that I had to alter the images to make them fit the format of the windows. I had to make the altered images still recognizable as the classic Dore illustrations.
The ‘frames’ are sculpted and the images are bulino engraved. The scenes on the hidden panels were also bulino engraved. The knife was made by Joe Kious of Kerrville, TX.”    —Straight Razor Place, December 14, 2011

Contributed by David Israel

NY Times Review: “The Book of Books: What Literature Owes the Bible”

the-book-of-books-what-literature-owes-the-bible“The Bible is the model for and subject of more art and thought than those of us who live within its influence, consciously or unconsciously, will ever know. Literatures are self-referential by nature, and even when references to Scripture in contemporary fiction and poetry are no more than ornamental or rhetorical — indeed, even when they are unintentional — they are still a natural consequence of the persistence of a powerful literary tradition. . . Dante created his great image of divine intent, justice and grace as the architecture of time and being. Milton explored the ancient, and Calvinist, teaching that the first sin was a felix culpa, a fortunate fall, and providential because it prepared the way for the world’s ultimate reconciliation to God” [. . .]    –Marilynne Robinson, The New York Times, December 22, 2011

Merce Cunningham Dance Company


“…The music critic Charles Rosen, observing that difficulty in the arts has characterized most great music and literature for centuries (Dante and Beethoven as well as Schoenberg and Stravinsky), wrote, in 1998, ‘A work that 10 people love passionately is more important than one that 10,000 do not mind hearing.’ Cunningham’s career exemplified that. And among the first 10 people to follow his work passionately were the artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.”  [. . .]    –Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times, December 22, 2011

A Review of Steven Boyett’s “Morality Bridge” (2011)

steven-boyett-morality-bridge-2011“. . . Boyett’s Hell is steeped in mysticism and antiquity, borrowing freely from the Greeks, and Dante, and Bosch. Each turn in the underworld gives Boyett a fresh excuse to unlimber new grotesque phrases, stomach-churning descriptions of tortures too horrific to contemplate (though Boyett forcefully insists upon it).
Meanwhile, Niko’s race through Hell is one of the greatest supernatural adventure stories of recent memory, surpassing Niven and Pournelle’s classic Inferno (itself a very good novel on a similar premise, even if it does turn on the power of Hell to redeem one of history’s great monsters). It is not a mere allegory about sin and redemption, cowardice and nobility: it’s also a damned good story, which sets it apart from almost all existential allegories.” [. . .]    –Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, November 8, 2011

Contributed by Patrick Molloy

Istvan Madarassy, “Hungary Celebrates Dante” (2011)

istvan-madarassy-hungary-celebrates-dante-2011“The Hungarian artist Istvan Madarassy is considered one of the leading sculptors of copper in Europe, signed in the past, the restoration of the main sights of Budapest and was awarded the Medal of Merit by the President of the Republic of Hungary. Madarassy Istvan born in Budapest in 1948. And ‘member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts European Union with headquarters in Salzburg (Austria). In Italy, more precisely in Ravenna, his ‘Gates of Hell’, has received the gold medal of the Biennale Dante. His sculptures depicting St. Stephen King of Hungary and Queen Gisella, were presented to Pope John Paul II by the President of the Republic of Hungary Ferenc Madl. Another of his works is the UN. He has exhibited around the world, from Paris, London, New York, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Frankfurt and Milan. The artist presents a series of important Magyar His creations result of the precise ability to merge the hand with the technique: Madarassy it intervenes on the copper plate using a blowtorch, thus giving rise to images, changing landscapes and charming, with effects from aurora Northern Lights. In these works that could be called ‘pittosculture’ – showing the overlap of branches and twisted trees – pictures will be added from which peep heads and big hands, with vivid expression. In fact, while the hand is the means by which the artist creates, the mind and spirit are the crucible, the cradle of inspiration, where it begins the process of transformation and sublimation of matter. As a novice Demiurge, Madarassy soul infuses the matter, blowing a magical divine breath: copper so bitten by the fire, oxidized, shaped to life and soul liberating light and life.”    —Life Beyond Tourism November 11, 2011 (retrieved on December 14, 2011)

In collaboration with the Museo Casa di Dante, Florence, Italy.

Contributed by Patrick Molloy

Divina Comedia Restaurant, Peru


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“Guide to the Literary Inferno”

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Read the full Guide to the Literary Inferno by AlexisRoyce.

Contributed by Victoria Rea-Wilson (Bowdoin, ’14)

Ms. Sefton’s Nine Circles of Hell Project

ms-sefton-dante-project-2011At Seabury Hall, a “Coeducational College Preparatory Day School serving Grades 6-12”, located in Maui, Hawaii, some students are assigned a special project.

“Every year around this time, Ms. Sefton asks her Sophomore English students for a “creative representation” of Dante’s Inferno. She’s always thrilled with the results.”

Here are some examples from over the years: