Cardinal Studios, Demons

Stanford University’s student run production company, Cardinal Studios, is releasing a short film, Demons, in February 2016.

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 10.13.54 PMSynopsis: “Beatrice is forced to face her past and the judgement of Minos on the night she finds Dante.”

Read more at Cardinal Studios’ Facebook or Tumblr pages.

Contributed by Sonia Gonzalez, Stanford University ’18

Mallory Ortberg, “Dante Casually Running Into Beatrice In Art History”


oh hello sorry, i didn’t see you there, ladies was so busy reading my book here hello, beverly oh, Beatrice, you say? I forgot I meet so many women and learn their names on a daily basis, you know hard to remember all of them




hi i’m so sorry to bother you it’s me Dante Alighieri from life? from being alive? we met that one time when you were eight and then I saw you again briefly nine years later and then you died after you married someone else? idk if you remember me anyhow my plan was sort of just to follow you around for eternity, heaven-wise i hope that’s cool with you? are these your friends? cool cool

See more: Mallory Ortberg, The Toast, September 8, 2015

Dante Murals at Saint Mary’s College, California


In 2006, artists Susan Cervantes and Ellen Silva collaborated on a series of Dante-themed murals for the walls of Dante Hall, at Saint Mary’s College of California.

“The powerful imagery of Dante’s Divine Comedy is leaping off the page and onto the walls of Dante Hall, where artists are transforming the drab first-floor corridor with colorful murals of Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso.


“Shawny Anderson, associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts, proposed the project in 2005 for a class which never came to be, but the idea resonated with the school’s leaders.

“‘I always thought that the halls of the College should ‘sing’ of the authors they honor,’ Anderson says.” –Debra Holtz, “Visualizing Dante,” St. Mary’s College of California News

See Ellen Silva’s page here.

Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda Collection, Fall 2015


“A movie-night selection made by Dolce’s boyfriend, a gracious Brazilian advertising executive named Guilherme Siqueira, had provided the inspiration for this season’s Alta Moda collection: the 1999 version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Michael Hoffman and starring Michelle Pfeiffer, which was filmed in Italy. Dolce explained, ‘When you see this movie, you go, “This is like a dream in Portofino.”‘

“He and Gabbana had been struck by the film’s vision of an Italian countryside populated with characters drawn from ancient Greek myth: Theseus, the mythological founder of Athens, and his betrothed, Hippolyta, the Amazonian queen. The forthcoming fashion show, Dolce said, was an attempt to imagine the result of a triple collaboration: ‘Homer, the visionary; Dante, the poet of Purgatory and Paradise, with Beatrice, la bellezza; and Shakespeare, with the crazy humor.'” — Rebecca Mead, “The Couture Club,” The New Yorker

Yusef Komunyakaa, “Longitudes”

Untitled-Bernard-Frize-Yusef-Komunyakaa-LongitudesThe New York Times Magazine published the above watercolor by Bernard Frize as a visual accompaniment to Yusef Komunyakaa’s poem “Longitudes”:


Before zero meridian at Greenwich
Galileo dreamt Dante on a ship
& his beloved Beatrice onshore,
both holding clocks, drifting apart.

His theory was right even if
he couldn’t steady the ship
on rough seas beyond star charts
& otherworldly ports of call.

‘‘But the damn blessed boat
rocked, tossing sailors to & fro
like a chorus of sea hags
in throes of ecstasy.’’

My whole world unmoors
& slips into a tug of high tide.
A timepiece faces the harbor —
a fixed point in a glass box.

You’re standing on the dock.
My dreams of you are oceanic,
& the Door of No Return
opens a galactic eye.

If a siren stations herself
between us, all the clocks
on her side, we’ll find each other
sighing our night song in the fog.

— “An Artist and a Poet Find Beauty in Solitude,” The New York Times Magazine

Over the Garden Wall (2014)

Over the Garden WallOver the Garden Wall is a cartoon mini-series on Cartoon Network, based on Patrick McHale’s short animated film Tome of the Unknown. It centers on a young poet, Wirt, and his half-brother Greg, as they travel through a dark forest called “The Unknown”. They are accompanied by a talking bluebird named Beatrice.  The mini-series has ten episodes; the latter nine loosely correspond to the circles of hell in Dante’s Inferno.

Visit this site for a closer look at the correspondences between the Inferno and Over the Garden Wall.

To visit the show’s blog on Cartoon Network, click here.

Contributed by Kate Peterson


Telecom Company Tim produces Dante ads (2012)

Italian Telecom company Tim produced a series of television ads in 2012 featuring Dante, Virgil, Beatrice, and Lucifer as protagonists.

The trailer below gives a glimpse into the entire series:

For links to the full series of videos on Youtube, click here.

Rectify, Season 1, Episode 4 (2013)

Rectify-Beatrice-DanteIn Season 1, Episode 4, of Sundance television show Rectify, titled “Plato’s Cave,” the protagonist Daniel Holden discusses life, death, and salvation with his sister-in-law, Tawney.

Tawney: “I care about you… and I would just hate it if you went to hell. I mean, if there is — I don’t know.”

Daniel: “You’re my Beatrice.”

Tawney: “What?”

Daniel: “From the Divine Comedy.”

Tawney: “I — I don’t know who that is.”

Daniel: “She was Dante’s guide, his salvation.”

Tawney: “Well I — I don’t know about that.”

Daniel: “It was fiction.”

To view the scene online, click here.

Contributed by Matteo Soranzo.

Beatrice: A New Social Network Platform Focused on the Italian Language

beatrice web platform italian language social network screenshot

“La battaglia per la difesa e la diffusione della lingua italiana si sposta ora sui social. A due anni dal successo di ‘Adotta una parola,’  la campagna volta a sensibilizzare le persone verso un utilizzo più corretto e consapevole della nostra lingua, la società Dante Alighieri lancia una nuova iniziativa.

“Dal nome della musa del Sommo Poeta nasce così Beatrice, la nuovissima piattaforma Web, volta a sensibilizzare le persone a condividere le proprie idee, diffondere una più ampia conoscenza del lessico italiano, tenere sotto controllo l’uso di determinati termini, e più in generale diffondere la varietà espressiva della nostra lingua nel modo della comunicazione a livello internazionale.

“Un progetto all’insegna della partecipazione e della creatività che ha come preciso scopo quello di promuovere e rendere sempre più vivo il nostro idioma non solo in Italia, ma in tutto il mondo. ‘L’idea è quella di sfruttare l’enorme rete fisica che la società Dante Alighieri possiede in tutto il mondo trasformandola in rete virtuale,’ spiega Massimo Arcangeli, curatore del progetto.

“Una volta creato il proprio profilo, l’utente avrà la possibilità di invitare i propri amici, avviare discussioni, proporre idee, postare commenti, immagini e video. Potrà, inoltre, organizzare la propria bacheca, inviare messaggi, gestire il proprio sito personale o quello della parola di cui è custode e allo stesso tempo interagire liberamente con altri utenti. Infine, avrà anche la possibilità di mettersi alla prova testando il proprio italiano, attraverso giochi di parole ed esercizi, per individuare e incrementare il livello di conoscenza acquisito.”    –Francesca Berti, “Arriva ‘Beatrice’ e la lingua italiana diventa social,” Blog di Innovazione, April 23, 2014

“Failure Pile in a Sadness Bowl”: Dante as Inspiration for Creative Writers

FailurePile“If you ever feel bad about your own writing, just remember that one of the world’s most well-known works of classic literature is self-insert fanfiction where the author hangs out with his favorite poet and is guided on his journey of discovery by a Manic Pixie Dream Girl version of a woman he met twice.”    —“Failure pile in a sadness bowl,” Mister-Smalls, Tumblr, February 2014

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