The plate on the right shows Dante and Beatrice, having left the heaven of Mars and entered that of Jupiter, encountering the souls of the 'just rulers' formed into the shape of an eagle with outspread wings. For Dante, this eagle symbolised both imperial authority and divine justice, the marriage of temporal and spiritual powers: through the eagle's beak, the just souls answer Dante's questions on justice. The eagle denounces 10 'unjust rulers', all crowned heads of Europe, and the following illustrations show the eagle telling Dante to look at the faces which make up its eye and eyebrow. In the eye he sees the figure of King David.
A learned and superbly produced volume, it includes the full text of the Paradiso in the translation of Charles Singleton.
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