Dante Alighieri's 'Divine Comedy' is not a devotional discourse, nor is it remotely humorous; it is a philosophic odyssey through an imagined afterlife. Interestingly, in this life, Italy has been navigating the epic poem's Inferno and Purgatorio for some years now, in its economic and socio-political location. Currently, the collective hope in Italy, is for Paradiso, the buoyant and fulfilled chapter of Dante's trilogy. This week, thousands of Italians converged on Rome's
ancient cobbled streets at the Piazza del Popolo to march towards that Paradiso by protesting against a system gone askew. Dante's 'Divine Comedy' is indeed, still relevant today.
Relevant today is also Italy's rich heritage. The essential concept of renaissance was born in Italy. And Italy has offered the world a formidable list of renaissance people. In science, Galileo Galilei, whose argument that the earth
revolves around the sun, placed him under house arrest by the Catholic Church for his "blasphemous" theory. But Galileo's contribution to science was unfettered and until today we celebrate his mind.
'Italy. Another View' chronicles the rich and layered trajectory of Italian art and culture