Blake & Dante: A Study of William Blake's illustrations of by Silvia de Santis

By Silvia de Santis

Blake's Dantesque illustrations are the results of dialectics concerning and wondering the very premises – political, theological and poetic – of the Commedia. but this very factor didn't hinder the artist from rendering, now and then extra effectively and extra profoundly than the other illustrator, Dante's precise atmospheres. Blake's process therefore allows us to revisit the Commedia from unaccustomed, privileged angles: at the one hand, now we have nice visionary poetry reflecting on itself; and at the different, the picture that interprets the poetic observe, “transforming” it right into a new construction in a position to shed an unique gentle on vital points of Dante's paintings and thoughts.

SILVIA DE SANTIS bought her PhD in Romance Philology from the college “La Sapienza” of Rome and for that reason a degree as Archivist Paleographer on the Vatican college of Paleography, Diplomatics and data management. Parallel to her curiosity in Dante and particularly in reference to William Blake, her major study pursuits quandary Occitanic, previous French and outdated Italian philology and linguistics. She has edited, with the transcription of the melodies, Il Mistero provenzale di sant'Agnese (Rome 2016). She has been Post-doc Researcher within the division of Studi Europei, Americani e Interculturali of the college “La Sapienza” of Rome, the place she studied the lexicon of feelings in old French romance in the PRIN venture “Canone letterario e lessico delle emozioni nel Medioevo europeo”.

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