From Devilry to Divinity: Readings in the Divina Commedia

This series aims to introduce the beauty, complexity and continuing significance of Dante’s ‘Divina Commedia’ through readings of the text, in the original and in translation, and through commentary on it. The readings are accompanied by a rich visual display of medieval illuminations whilst the commentary explores and invites discussion of some of the leading ideas of the poem.

The public readings take place weekly in the autumn, spring and summer terms at the Warburg Institute, in partnership with University College London, and are presented by Alessandro Scafi and John Took, and occasionally by Tabitha Tuckett. 

Please note there will be an introductory lecture taking place on Monday 19 November, 18:00 - 19:30.

The readings will take place on Mondays from 18:00 - 19:30 .

Attendance is free of charge and pre-registration is not required.

Summer Term 2019

Date Time Title Location
29 April 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Purgatorio, Canto XXXIII. Beatrice’s prophesies. The final ritual of Dante’s spiritual cleansing 

Lecture Room
13 May 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Paradiso, Canto I. Ascent to the heaven of fire

Lecture Room
20 May 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Paradiso, Canto III. Heaven of the moon. Piccarda Donati

Lecture Room
3 June 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Paradiso, Canto XI.Thomas Aquinas. Francis of Assisi

Lecture Room
10 June 2019 6pm - 7.30pm

Paradiso, Canto XVII. Heaven of Mars. Cacciaguida

Lecture Room
17 June 2019 6pm - 9.30pm

Paradiso, Canto XXXIII. The Empyrean. The vision of the Trinity

Followed by Images of Dante's Journey by Fernando Guibert 8pm - 9.30pm (with a complimentary drink)

Lecture Room