"Here is a picture of Dante meeting Beatrice"
'The Salutation of Beatrice' (1)
Public Domain'The Salutation of Beatrice' (1) - Credit: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
'The Salutation of Beatrice' (2)
Public Domain'The Salutation of Beatrice' (2) - Credit: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
 Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) is considered one of the greatest of Italian poets.

He is especially well known for his Divine Comedy, an epic poem, which tells of the poet's own journey through the three realms of the dead: Hell, Purgatory and Heaven.

In the poem, Dante is guided through Heaven by Beatrice, a real Florentine woman a year younger than Dante, with whom he had fallen in love during his childhood.

 

 

 

The painting being referred to is by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who made Dante and Beatrice the subject of several paintings and drawings. Possibly, the picture that Miss Brodie is showing her class is the bi-partite picture painted by Rossetti between 1849 and 1863 entitled The Salutation of Beatrice.

 

The artist Henry Holiday also depicted Dante meeting Beatrice near a Florentine bridge in a painting entitled Dante meets Beatrice at Ponte Santa Trinita.

 

'Dante meets Beatrice at Ponte Santa Trinita' (1883)
Public Domain'Dante meets Beatrice at Ponte Santa Trinita' (1883) - Credit: Henry Holiday (1839-1927)