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The John Rylands Research Institute

Envisioning Dante

Dr Guyda Armstrong, Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies and Academic Lead for Digital Humanities for the Faculty of Humanities.

Book extract
Proemio and Commentary by Christophoro Landino, taken from the 1481 Florence edition of the Dante’s Commedia [17280]

Guyda is currently working with the University of Oxford’s Visual Geometry Group, using their SeeBiByte software to investigate the evolution of the page design of Dante’s Divina Commedia. Her project will trace this from the first editions which contain the text of the poem only, to later ones of increasing visual and navigational sophistication, as elements such as titles, author biographies, commentaries, rubrics, summaries, page numbers, illustrations, and devotional material are introduced into the object. The project will also include a workshop for University of Manchester researchers in Semester 2.

This project is funded by a JRRI Pilot Grant, and runs from September 2017 to June 2018.