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“Dante’s Illustrated Adventure”: Online Exhibit Features Reading by the University President

By Alice Bampton

Dante’s Illustrated Adventure is an online exhibit highlighting illustrated editions of the Divine Comedy owned by Falvey Memorial Library’s Special Collections and features a video introduction by the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 A&S, University president. This exhibit was curated by Diane Biunno, PhD, a summer intern in Special Collections.

Dr. Biunno is currently enrolled in Drexel University’s Master of Science in Library and Information Science program. She also teaches Italian at Villanova University.

“I think that Dante is relevant, especially for Villanova [University] students and for students of Italian. He is considered the father of the Italian language and he’s one of the greatest poets in Western literature. The Divine Comedy has influenced how many Christians and Catholics view the afterlife, and his conception of grace and divine justice in the Divine Comedy was heavily influenced by Saint Augustine,” Dr. Biunno says.

Father Donohue introduces “Dante’s Illustrated Adventure” in a video, reading the opening canto of Dante’s Inferno.

Following the Curator’s Welcome, the exhibit is divided into eight parts: Dante’s Biography, Meet the Illustrators, Dante’s Guides, Sacred Spaces & Scary Places, Sinners, Monsters & Mythical Creatures, Saints, and Bibliography.

Dr. Biunno worked with Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, and Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, to create this exhibit. Joanne Quinn, design specialist, created the graphics.

More information about the online exhibit can be found on the Blue Electrode blog.

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Last Modified: November 26, 2012