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The Architectural Afterlife of Dante’s Commedia, 1550-1938

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This interdisciplinary lecture will explore how Dante’s Commedia was translated into architecture for a variety of purposes ranging from the theological to the political, while also employing the phenomenology of space.  It will focus on two case studies: the chapel by Philibert Delorme at the Château d’Anet (c. 1550) and the Danteum project for Rome (1938) by Giuseppe Terragni and Pietro Lingeri.  Although widely separated in time and space, both designs have much in common; and their experiential architecture, in turn, helps to focus attention on the theological importance of “lived space” in Dante’s literary project.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Italian Research Network series.

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