Co-curators Dr. Andrew C. Weislogel, the Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47 Curator of Earlier European and American Art, Johnson Museum of Art, and Dr. Laurent Ferri, Curator of Pre-1800 Collections, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library / Adjunct Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Cornell University, lead a tour of “Visions of Dante,” on view at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University (September 14–December 19, 2021).
The exhibition was designed to mark the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), the greatest poet of the Italian language. The exhibition examines Dante’s complex vision of the afterlife in his “Divine Comedy” from a range of artistic viewpoints, both old and new.
Choosing selected objects, Dr. Ferri and Dr. Weislogel will orient you to the history of Cornell’s Dante collection and explain the poet’s enduring presence in literary and cultural history. From rare illustrated editions, to woodcuts, to mixed media, our curators take you on a visual journey through artistic responses to the “Divine Comedy”—from the Renaissance to the present day.
“Visions of Dante: A Central NY Humanities Corridor Symposium” was held on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, in conjunction with their exhibition “Visions of Dante.” The symposium was cosponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor, a unique regional collaboration between Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, and other liberal arts schools and colleges in the central New York region.
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