Francesca Galli

Representations of the Celestial Kingdom Before Dante

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Keywords: Medieval Optics, Bartolomeo da Bologna, Dante’s Celestial Rose, Visual Thinking.

This article explores representations of the celestial kingdom preceding Dante’s Paradiso. It focuses on a disputed question by the minor friar Bartolomeo da Bologna (c. 1270), who outlined eighteen possible ‘structures’, or forms, of the triumphant Church, in accordance with the laws of geometry and optics.

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