New Release: Visions of Heaven - Dante and the Divine Light

March 24 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Oxford University art historian and Leonardo scholar Professor Martin Kemp has a new book out entitled Visions of Heaven: Dante and the Art of Divine Light.

To provide a short blurb:

Publishing on 25 March, to coincide with International Dante Day and the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, Martin Kemp's major new study is the first book to consider the impact of Dante’s vision of divine light on visual artists of the Renaissance and Baroque. It combines a close reading of Dante’s poetry with analysis of early optics and is lavishly illustrated with masterworks by Giotto, Fra Angelico, Piero della Francesco, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Bernini and others. It also looks at what the rival media of poetry and painting can do.

In case you'd like to know more, Lund Humphries are running a free online conversation tomorrow with Kemp and Alessandra Buccheri, Professor of Art History at Accademia di Belle Arti di Palermo, and Simon Gilson, Professor of Italian Studies at Magdalen College, Oxford. The panel discussion will be broadcast on 25th March 2021 at 5pm (GMT).

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