Between heaven and hell
The modern world owes a debt to Florentine poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), whose vision of the afterlife in The Divine Comedy still resonates in the art and consciousness of the Christian world. His major work was started and finished while living in exile. In it, Dante explored the religious, philosophical, and political life of the medieval world on the eve of the Renaissance. Between Heaven and Hell: The World of Dante Alighieri in Medieval Florence, a symposium sponsored by Renesan Institute for Lifelong Learning, takes place from Monday, Nov. 16, through Thursday, Nov. 19, at St. John’s United Methodist Church. On the cover is Domenico Peterlini’s Dante in Exile, circa 1860.