ROME, June 10 – Italian epic poet Dante is heading to heaven – yet again.
Dante, Italy’s finest poet, divided his monumental Divine Comedy into a few areas – Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. The allegory representing a soul’s journey to God is a single of the world’s most influential performs of literature.
Now, a copy of the entire Divine Comedy, micro-inscribed on sheets of a titanium and gold alloy, will be despatched up into room and remaining there to float in the heavens among the stars that Dante wrote about.
The previous word in every single of the three pieces is “stelle” (stars), like the popular final line which defines God as “The appreciate that moves the sunshine and the other stars”.
“We realized there would be quite a few distinctive editions of the Divine Comedy coming out for this year’ 700th anniversary of his demise and we needed to do one thing totally distinctive,” claimed Giorgio Amaroli, head of Scripta Maneant, a superior-stop art publishing house based mostly in Bologna.
Dante Alighieri, frequently referred to as the “Supreme Poet”, lived in the Republic of Florence and his writings assisted set up Tuscan as the standardised Italian language. He was exiled for political explanations and died in Ravenna in 1321.
For the place project, two sheets measuring about 11 X 17 inches and folded in four, accordion style, will just about every be inscribed with the complete poem of some 14,200 lines that contains about 32,000 phrases.
They will be sent up on a Soyuz mission from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the Global Space Station in the autumn. 1 will be produced in house. The other will be signed by the astronauts and returned to earth in 2022.
A facsimile of the 2nd sheet will be built section of a conventional big structure printed version of the Comedy and bought as a confined numbered edition of 700 copies, for the selection of many years because Dante died.
“The Soyuz people explained to us that a paper version would not final very long in space and so they advised the titanium and gold alloy” Amaroli mentioned, introducing that a prototype experienced been despatched to Kazakhstan for inspection.
Amaroli got the inspiration for the undertaking from Canto 22 of Paradise, when Dante is among the vastness of the spheres of heaven and the planets, seems to be down at earth and is taken aback by its smallness.
The particular shipping and delivery into house will expense the publishing corporation extra than $182,570 and the publications will value about $7,302 each individual, Amaroli claimed.
The publishing household is no stranger to amazing, significant-finish tasks. In 2017, it labored with the Vatican Museums on an more-significant a few-volume set that reproduced Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling frescoes in 1:1 scale.
The Dante reserve is a steal by comparison. The Sistine set expense $1,825.