Research Seminar: Sandro Botticelli on Facing in Dante’s Paradiso


Location: Special Collections, Hesburgh Library

Heather Webb from the University of Cambridge presents new research in its early stages on some elements of Botticelli’s ‘visual commentary’ on Dante’s Paradiso. Departing from David Ford’s notion that facing is transformed before the face of Christ, Webb examines some moments of the transformation of facing in Dante’s work and the ways in which Botticelli sought to comment, visualize, or ‘remediate’ those transformations of facing in his illustrations of Paradiso.

Heather Webb received her PhD from Stanford in 2004. She taught at The Ohio State University from 2004 to 2011. She has been at the University of Cambridge since 2011 and is currently a University Lecturer in Italian and a Fellow of Selwyn College. Her work centers on medieval concepts of embodiment, intersubjectivity, and personhood.

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