A number of you readers of Daily Dreher have signed up for the paid list, which goes live on Monday evening. But many more of you have not yet done so. Let me appeal one more time for you to subscribe. This year, 2021, marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri. Tomorrow I will start a series about a new online exhibition sponsored by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence: rare 16th century illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy by the Renaissance artist Federico Zuccari. The Guardian writes about them here. They are so rare and fragile that the museum almost never shows them. Now, though, the Uffizi has translated them into high-definition images, available for online viewing for free.
Tomorrow I’m going to begin writing about these drawings, and what Dante’s work has to teach us about how to live. I expect to write three reflections, with illustrations from Zuccari’s works. I know that many readers of my books and my blog especially loved my engagement with Dante. If you sign up for even just a single month of Daily Dreher (five dollars), you can go with us on this new Dante journey this week.
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Anyway, look, this is going to be fun. Come join the community! Oh, and P.S., in the last newsletter, I erred by saying that the Founding Member thing is $300/month. It’s $300/year. And if you are having trouble subscribing — I’ve heard from a couple of readers in other countries who have — this Substack FAQ for readers might help.