The cover of the book 'Visions of Heaven'

Published to coincide with this year’s 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, a new book by art historian Professor Martin Kemp explores the impact of Dante’s vision of divine light on visual artists of the Renaissance and Baroque. Kent, a renowned Leonardo specialist, is the author of a series of important works on the history of optical science and its relationship to the world of art, including The Science of Art: Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat (Yale University Press, 1990) and Seen and Unseen: Art, Science and Intuition from Leonardo to the Hubble Telescope (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Visions of Heaven: Cante and the Art of Divine Light is published by Lund Humphires and combines a close reading of Dante’s poetry with analysis of early optics and the work of Renaissance and Baroque artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Correggio, and Baciccio.

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