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From a northern Italian edition, 1444-c.1450 of Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia/Divine Comedy: 'detail of a miniature of Dante's vision of hell, where he is attacked by three wild beasts; the leopard, representing lust, the lion, pride, and the she-wolf, greed, and at the left, Dante meeting Virgil, in illustration of Canto I.'; (Yates Thompson 36 f.2) (British Library)

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Dante Alighieri - believed to be The Thinker contemplating as he looks down upon hell. Statue by Rodin

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The term "Minoan" refers to the mythic "king" Minos and was first used by Arthur Evans in archaeological contexts. Minos was associated in Greek myth with the labyrinth, which Evans identified with the site at Knossos.Minos, illustration by Gustave Doré for Dante Alighieri's Inferno.

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1892 Italian Dante Alighieri Divine Comedy Commedia Divina Antique FRATICELLI

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Inferno, Canto XXIX, miniature from the Divine Comedy, by Dante...

Stock Illustration : Inferno, Canto XXIX, miniature from Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

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An Inferno Paper Doll Set Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Dante begins his Medieval epic journey, The Divine Comedy, in a woods of doubt at age 35 on Good Friday, 1300. As he journeys through the first section, The Inferno, he has the pagan philosopher poet, Virgil, as his guide.

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"In my midlife, I found myself in the middle of a dark forest" Divine Comedy, Inferno by Gustave Doré (1832-1883)

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Basilica Santa Croce - Dante statue

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DALI DANTE LINK http://www.lockportstreetgallery.com/DivineComedy1.htm The reign of the penitents

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