Discovering Dante

­Discovering Dante
A season of public events, Autumn 2009

To listen to an introduction to this season of events, click here (mp3 file).

This season of events is launched by an evening of poetry, music and art on 7 October. It is followed by a series of public lectures on Art and Literature in Dante's Tuscany. There will also be an exhibition of some of the fine collection of editions of Dante at the Brotherton, and a workshop on those editions.

For further information on the events, please contact Matthew Treherne (

Wednesday 7 October 2009
Discovering Dante: An Evening of Music, Poetry and Art
7.30 p.m; bar open from 6.30 p.m.
The Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Grand Theatre
In the magnificent surroundings of the recently restored Howard Assembly Room at Leeds Grand Theatre, the Divine Comedy is brought to life in this evening of music, art and poetry.
Short readings from the poem (with surtitled translations) reveal the power and drama of Dante's Italian, while lavish projected illustrations show how the poem has inspired artists from Botticelli to Dalì. Bringing a musical dimension to our experience of the poem, members of Leeds Cathedral Choir will perform settings of the hymns and prayers described in Dante's poem, including works by Palestrina, Monteverdi and Victoria.
Tickets cost £4 (£3 concessions), and are available from the Leeds Grand Theatre (0844 848 2706; directions to the theatre, please visit

To return to the main page of the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, please click here.

Public lectures: Art and Literature in Dante's Tuscany
This series of public lectures offers an accessible introduction to aspects of Tuscan art and literature in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century. Illustrated with images and music, and requiring no knowledge of Italian, the lectures explore Dante's Divine Comedy, and the art of Duccio di Buoninsegna and of Giotto di Bondone. A map of the University campus showing the venue is a The speakers will be Claire Honess and Matthew Treherne (University of Leeds).

Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Public Lecture (i): Introduction to Dante
Conference Auditorium, University of Leeds
6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Public Lecture (ii): Duccio and the Flowering of Sienese Art
Conference Auditorium, University of Leeds
6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Public Lecture (iii): Giotto di Bondone and Florentine Narrative Painting
Conference Auditorium, University of Leeds
6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Public Lecture (iv): Dante and the Vision of Paradise
Conference Auditorium, University of Leeds
6-7 p.m.

Discovering Dante: Translating, Editing and Illustrating the Divine Comedy from the Renaissance to Today
Display of works in the Special Collections of the Brotherton Library
12 October-20 November, 2009
The Brotherton Library of the University of Leeds includes a rich collection of editions of Dante's Divine Comedy dating back to 1481. This display shows some of the many ways in which Dante's vivid imagination has been presented in print since the Renaissance.
For a campus map showing the Parkinson Building, which contains the Brotherton Library, visit

Public Workshop: Translations, Editions and Illustrations of the Divine Comedy from the Renaissance to Today
A Public Workshop; Brotherton Library, University of Leeds
Saturday, 21 November 2009, 10.30 am-12 pm
This workshop provides the opportunity to examine closely examples of the editions, illustrations and translations of Dante held in the Brotherton Library. The workshop will be led by Prof. Brian Richardson. Numbers are limited; please register for this event by contacting Matthew Treherne (; 0113 3437846).

This season of events is supported by a University of Leeds Faculty of Arts Enterprise Knowledge Transfer Grant. The use of the Howard Assembly Room for the event on 7 October is made possible through the DARE collaboration between the University of Leeds and Opera North (