May 28, 2022

The Illuminated Dante Project Will Digitize the Manuscripts of the Divine Comedy

From a Mechanically Translated Article (Google Translate) From Vesuvio Live:

University of Naples Federico II is working on a project that involves the creation of an online archive and a codicological and iconographic database of all the ancient manuscripts of Dante’s Comedy provided with images that have relations with the text of the poem.

The project is called “Illuminated Dante Project” and will be completed on the occasion of the VII centenary of the death of Dante Alighieri, that is, in 2021 .

The Illuminated Dante Project will make use of about 280 manuscripts dated and dated between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and preserved in libraries, museums, public and private archives around the world.

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So far, IDP has already created a finding list of about 280 manuscripts dating and datable between the 14th and the 15th  centuries, and held in libraries, museums and archives worldwide. Such institutions will be asked to provide high-definition reproductions (according to theIFLA and FADGI digitization standards) of their Dante artefacts, along with copyright licenses for research purposes and/or re-use permission of their online images through specific web-interoperability protocols (such as the  IIIF manifest). At the same time, IDP research team will describe and classify the manuscripts through in situ missions and will harvest the codicologic and iconographic descriptions into a database called IDP.

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