Category Archives: Dante

The 700 Year Old Lessons of Dante’s Inferno As Applied to the 2016 Presidential Campaign

Op-Ed by Dan Burstein “Some days our presidential campaign can seem like Dante’s Inferno,” President Obama said to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi during the Italian leader’s recent White House visit. Obama’s remark about the Clinton/Trump campaign was in the context … Continue reading

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Mad Money’s Jim Cramer on bulls, bears, and Dante

CNBC’s Jim Cramer analogized Twitter’s recent earnings call to navigating Dante’s nine circles of hell. After hearing that, we did a little checking and discovered that Cramer frequently alludes to the great Italian poet of the 13th and 14th centuries. … Continue reading

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Googling Dante

A Google Adventure Pome by Dan Burstein* My Google Alerts are set to Pick up news about Dante… Dante Alighieri, that is The Dante who is Author of the Divine Comedy Leading poet of the last Millennium Thirteenth and Fourteenth Century … Continue reading

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The Remix: Michelangelo, Dante, and Dan Brown

Even though the poet Dante Alighieri lived and wrote at least a century before the time that most scholars would designate as the beginning of the Renaissance, it is easy today to look back at Dante’s Divine Comedy and see … Continue reading

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A Wall Street Journal essay calls Dante’s Divine Comedy “the most astonishing self-help book ever written.”

The Wall Street Journal featured an essay timed for Easter this year reminding readers that Dante’s Divine Comedy theoretically takes place over the Easter weekend in the year 1300 and praising the 700 year-old classic for its illuminating and soul-restoring impact on modern … Continue reading

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Dante and the Visual Arts (Continued)

The Metropolitan Museum is currently displaying some of its treasures in a focused show on French 19th century sculptor, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. Much less known today than Auguste Rodin (who was 13 years younger than Carpeaux, but lived well into the 20th century), Carpeaux … Continue reading

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First Circle of Hell: more on interpretations of Dante

In our last post, The Great Artists Influenced by Dante, we showed the way a number of visual artists have interpreted Dante’s Divine Comedy over the centuries, including specific attention on the classic works of 19th century French illustrator, Gustave Doré. Several readers … Continue reading

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