Maps & Charts

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Inferno

Botticelli, Chart of Hell

Botticelli, Chart of Hell

Source: Botticelli, Sandro Chart of Hell, c.1480-c.1495. Vat. Lat. 1896. Reproduced with permission of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.
See also, Parker, Deborah. "Illuminating Botticelli's Chart of Hell." (pdf) MLN Italian Issue 128 (2013):83-102.

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Inferno Chart

Inferno Chart

Reproduced with permission of the Museo Casa di Dante. The copyright to this illustration is held by the Unione Fiorentina of the Museo Casa di Dante.
Dante's Inferno

Dante's Inferno

Source: Lindsay McCulloch, 2000. The copyright to the illustration of the map of Hell is held by Lindsay McCulloch. Publication (print or electronic) or commercial use of this drawing is strictly prohibited.

Purgatory

Purgatory Chart of the Museo Casa

Purgatory Chart

Reproduced with permission of the Museo Casa di Dante. The copyright to this illustration is held by the Unione Fiorentina of the Museo Casa di Dante.
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Dante's Purgatory

Source: Lindsay McCulloch, 2002.

Paradise

Paradise Chart

Paradise Chart

Reproduced with permission of the Museo Casa di Dante. The copyright to this illustration is held by the Unione Fiorentina of the Museo Casa di Dante.

Geographic Maps

Dante Map

Dante Map

Source: Hensman, Mary. Dante Map (London: David Nutt, 1892). Cornell Fiske Dante Collection. This work includes Hensman's Preface and a list of all the places recorded. Hensman's Dante Map shows both places named in Dante's writings and places supposed to have been visited by Dante during his exile.
See: Color page images, The list of places In Italy, The list of places Not In Italy
Dante Map: detail of Tuscany

Dante Map: detail of Tuscany

Source: Hensman, Mary. Detail of Dante Map (London: David Nutt, 1892). Cornell Fiske Dante Collection.
Map of Europe, 1300

Map of Europe, 1300

Reproduced with permission of the Museo Casa di Dante. The copyright to this illustration is held by the Unione Fiorentina of the Museo Casa di Dante. Artist: Massimo Tosi.
Map of Italy, 1300

Map of Italy, 1300

Reproduced with permission of the Museo Casa di Dante. The copyright to this illustration is held by the Unione Fiorentina of the Museo Casa di Dante.
Map of Tuscany, 1300

Map of Tuscany, 1300

Reproduced with permission of the Museo Casa di Dante. The copyright to this illustration is held by the Unione Fiorentina of the Museo Casa di Dante.

Florence

Detail of Florence from Madonna della Misericordia

Detail of Florence from Madonna della Misericordia

Executed by the school of Bernardo Daddi in 1342, this is the earliest known image of Florence. Reproduced with the permission of the Museo del Bigallo, Florence.
Model of Dante's Florence

Dante's Florence

Reproduced with permission of the Museo Casa di Dante.
Model of Dante's Florence

Model of Dante's Florence

Reproduced with the permission of Museo Casa di Dante. Photograph: Gabriele Guidi
Florence, 1470

Florence, 1470

Source: Prospect of Florence (19th copy of a 1470 engraving). Reproduced with permission of the Museo di Firenze com'era, Florence. Photograph: Deborah Parker.
Florence, 1469

Florence, 1469

Source: Pistelli, Emenegildo. Per la Firenze di Dante (Florence: Sansoni, 1921).

Astronomy

Dante's Astronomy

Dante's Astronomy

A discussion of the astronomical models used by Dante.
Full Moon in Libra

Full Moon in Libra

Reference to Inf.20.127. Virgil refers here to the full moon that was shining when the two first met in the Dark Wood.
Sun in Aries

Sun in Aries

Reference to Inf.1.38-40, Par.1.37-44, and Par.10.7-33. Dante refers to the sun being in Aries three times.
Venus in Pices

Venus in Pisces

Reference to Purg.1.19-21. Arriving on the shores of Purgatory at dawn Dante sees Venus in Pisces.
Moon in the middle of Scorpio

Moon in the middle of Scorpio

Reference to Purg.9.1-6. Dante refers to the time in the southern hemisphere by alluding to Aurora, here intended as goddess of the moon, which can now be seen in the "cold animal," the constellation Scorpio.
Moon at the end of Scorpio and beginning of Sagittarius

Moon at the end of Scorpio and beginning of Sagittarius

Reference to Purg.18.79-81. Before falling asleep on the terrace of Sloth, Dante refers to the time by alluding the position of the moon late at night, positioned between the constellations of Scorpio and Sagittarius.
Saturn in Leo

Saturn in Leo

Reference to Par.21.13-15. Dante has reached the sphere of Saturn in the Seventh Heaven. In March and April 1300 Saturn and the constellation of Leo were in conjunction.
Dante's Universe

Dante's Universe

Source: www.mhhe.com
Christian Aristotelian Cosmos

Christian Aristotelian Cosmos

From Peter Apian, Cosmographia (1524)
The Ptolemaic Universe

The Ptolemaic Universe

Simulation of Ptolemaic System (Flash Plugin Required).
Special Note: We are most grateful to the Museo Casa di Dante, for granting us permission to reproduce the illustrations Italy, Tuscany, Florence, Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso.