Art & Poetry

Dante’s 700th Anniversary – Part I – Inferno

With Chris Wiscarson and Gregory Dowling

No poem in history has inspired more great artists than Dante’s Divine Comedy: Botticelli, Delacroix,  Wiiliam Blake, Auguste Rodin, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali; and Gustave Doré whose extraordinary engravings brilliantly capture Dante’s journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.

We will explore key moments on Danté’s journey, drawing out the Divine Comedy’s deeply sensual  narrative, and how that  has provoked very different artistic interpretations from the bizarre to the beautiful to the profound.  We  will see how artists have responded to: Dante’s precocious understanding of the universe; Dante’s relationship with the Roman poet Virgil, and the role of reason in life; and the Comedy’s underlying theme of love that is so exquisitely captured in Rodin’s The  Kiss.

Art & Poetry

These lectures look at how Art & Poetry have influenced each other over the centuries, and how events can provoke artists and poets alike to produce astounding words and imagery, the impact on us penetrating and unforgettable.

Our experts will provide insights into poets' and artists' best-known works while also drawing attention to others that might be less familiar. Each presentation will be accompanied by carefully chosen visual supports, in the form of high definition photos and videos.


Your Lecturer

Chris Wiscarson

Chris has lectured extensively on 20th century art, thrillingly drawing out perspectives, insights and memorable interpretations of familiar and not-so-familiar paintings and sculpture. Today, Chris shares his time between Venice and London following a 45 year career in financial services which has taken him all over the world. Chris is a Fellow of King’s College London and is a regular visitor to India where he is a member of the Seva Mandir Advisory Board.

Event Details

Date: 26 October 2021

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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