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Story of Joseph

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Description: Images and Identity in Fifteenth-Century Florence
In Canto X of Purgatory, Dante and Virgil climb onto the first terrace of Purgatory, a sheer face of white marble “adorned with such carvings that not only Polycleitus but Nature herself would there be put to shame.” The carvings display three supreme examples of humility to Dante’s admiring gaze: the Virgin accepting the angel’s message of the incarnation, David dancing before the Ark of the Covenant, and the emperor Trajan moved to take vengeance for the murder of a poor widow’s son. …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.135-173

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