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One Book Exhibition

On May 18, a "One Book Exhibition" timed to the International Museum Day opened in the Book Museum (room 347).

The exhibition is dedicated to the 695th anniversary of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, one of the greatest works of the European civilization.

Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) is a great Italian poet, thinker, theologian, political figure and one of the founders of the literary Italian language. His writing had a great influence on the development of European culture, having given rise to a new era, the Early Renaissance.

The heritage of Dante Alighieri includes philosophical treatises, journalism and lyrics. He entered the history of world literature as the author of La commedia (1307–1321) which is a poetic encyclopedia of scientific, political, moral, philosophical and theological knowledge of the epoch. The book became the pinnacle of the Italian poet’s work and glorified him for ages.

The poem is about Dante’s journey to the three realms of the heavenly world. The Divine Comedy is also the personal drama of the poet and an allegorical description of the history of Florence and the universe, as well as a symbolic way of mankind to the truth.

the offered exhibition presents the Florentine edition of the poem (Dante Alighieri. La comedia. Firenze, 1481). One of the first illustrated editions with commentary was published in the poet’s hometown. The engravings on metal are based on the drawings of the outstanding Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli.

The Russian translation of the poem by Mikhail Lozinsky, which is regarded as classical (the State Prize, 1946), and also the complete translation of the book into the Belarusian language by Vladimir Skorinkin (1997) are on display.

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