Domenico di Michelino: Dante’s Divine Comedy & Painting
Domenico di Michelino (1417-1491), an Italian painter and medieval poet was known best for his epic poem, The Divine Comedy, which includes sections representing the three tiers of the Christian afterlife: Purgatory (Purgatorio), Hell (Inferno), and Paradise (Paradiso). This poem was a great work of medieval literature and was considered the greatest work of literature composed in Italian. The Divine Comedy was a Christian vision of mankind’s eternal fate. When The Divine Comedy was written, Dante made a cathedral painting that represents his poem called Dante and His Poem. In the painting, the Dante shows the 3 tiers related to the Christian afterlife. Dante was standing in a red robed colossus, revealing his poem to the city of Florence. The painting was full of great meaning, inspiring so many artists from Rodin to Robert Rauschenberg.
Biographical Details: Dante was born in Florence, Italy to Alaghiero and Bella. His mom died before Dante turned 10 years old, and he soon had a new stepmother and two new siblings. He once lived in Bologna for a couple of years until his exiles were banished then he moved to Padua. He took his name from his teacher, a carver in bone and ivory named Michelino. He was elected to the Compagnia di San Luca (painter 's guild) in 1442 and joined the Arte dei Medici e degli Speziali in 1444. Dante’s last works dates to 1484, two images of St. Luke for the banner of