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Laurel Hicks (goodreadscomlaurele) | 2438 comments Reynolds/Sayers:

For an immeasurably brief instant (in terms of time), Beatrice gazes on the infinitesimal Point which is God (here manifested as spaceless and indivisible). Reading Dante’s desire therein, she unfolds to him the mysteries of the Creation, the relationship of the angels to the universe, and to God, since the fall of Lucifer. Although Dante is now fit to contemplate Heaven, Beatrice adds further clarification concerning the endowments of angelic nature, and goes on to denounce the vain and pretentious habits of present-day preachers who prefer to elaborate fables of their own rather than abide by the Scriptures. Finally, returning to the subject of the angels, she bids Dante reflect upon their innumerableness, their individual diversity, and the immeasurable indivisibility of God.

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Salvador Dali: Paradiso Canto 29. “Arrival at the Empyrean.”

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Sandro Botticelli: Paradiso Canto XXIX.1. “Ninth Sphere (Crystalline Heaven, Primum Mobile): Beatrice Instructs Dante on the Creation and Nature of the Angels.” c.1480 - c.1495. Drawing.

Primum Mobile: Ninth sphere in Dante's cosmology, which contains the eight lower spheres and moves them along in its daily revolution around the Earth. The Primum Mobile is the physical origin of life, motion, and time in the Aristotelian-Ptolemaic universe. Primum mobile means the first moving thing.

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John Flaxman: Paradiso Canto XXIX.37. “Creation of Angels.” 1793. Engraving.

The sort of evocative simplicity I perhaps like best about Flaxman -- a hand reaches out and we have a whole row of angels.

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Giovanni di Paolo: Paradiso Canto XXIX.55. “Fall of the Rebel Angels.” c.1450. Manuscript illumination. Yates Thompson 36. British Library.

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Giovanni di Paolo: Paradiso Canto XXIX.115. “The Sermon of the Hypocritical Priest.” c.1450. Manuscript illumination. Yates Thompson 36. British Library.

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