Dante Alighieri ~ the first to ever write in Italian. The first to ever distinguish and mark a separate language from Latin.
Dante Alighieri and The Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) painted by Giotto (1266/7-1337) in the chapel of the Bargello palace in Florence. This oldest portrait of Dante was painted during his lifetime before his exile from his native city.
"In my midlife, I found myself in the middle of a dark forest" Divine Comedy, Inferno by Gustave Doré (1832-1883)