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The Divine Comedy - Salvador Dali

To celebrate the 700th birthday of the Italian poet Dante Alighiere, Salvador Dali was commissioned in 1951 to create a set of illustrations for Dante's masterpiece, La Commedia Divina. Dali produced a masterpiece of his own, and the set of watercolours and woodcuts with their range of artistic styles demonstrates that Dali was one of the greatest artists of any century.

There was once an excellent site with all the illustrations and their relationships to the text, but it has unfortunately disappeared. Over the next few weeks I will try hunt down good reproductions of all 100 pieces, and I might have to break out the book to find some appropriate quotations. Some of the images below link to larger versions of the artworks; I hope that one day all will.Hell

Three quarters a millennium has not diminished the power of Dante's epic, and one of the best translations is still that by Dorothy L. Sayers, The Comedy of Dante Alighieri the Florentine, in three volumes - Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.

HellPurgatoryParadise
The Delightful mount
1 - The Delightful mount
The Reign of The Penitents
1 - The Reign of The Penitents
Dante
1 - Dante
Reassurance
2 - Reassurance
  
Charon and the Crossing of the Acheron
3 - Charon and the Crossing of the Acheron
 Piccarda Donati
3 - Piccarda Donati
 The Powers of Soul
4 - The Powers of Soul
Beatrice Resolves Danté's Doubts
4 - Beatrice Resolves Danté's Doubts
Minos
5 - Minos
Virgil's Admonishment
5 - Virgil's Admonishment
 
Cerberus
6 - Cerberus
  
The Avaricious and the Prodigal
7 - The Avaricious and the Prodigal
The Law of Climbing
7 - The Law of Climbing
Dante In Doubt
7 - Dante In Doubt
  The ascent to Venus
8 - The ascent to Venus
 The Eagle of Grace
9 - The Eagle of Grace
 
Faritana
10 - Faritana
Our Lady of the Annunciation
10 - Our Lady of the Annunciation
The Song Of The Wise Spirits
10 - The Song Of The Wise Spirits
 The Proud One
11 - The Proud One
The Dust of Souls 
11 - The Dust of Souls
The Minotaur
12 - The Minotaur
Ecstatic Visions
12 - Ecstatic Visions
The Apparition of Dante's Great-Great Grandfather
12 - The Apparition of Dante's Great-Great Grandfather
13 - Gianni Schicchi's BiteThe Second Cornice
13 - The Second Cornice
 
 The Blind For Envy
14 - The Blind For Envy
The Cross of Mars
14 - The Cross of Mars
 The Angel of Mercy
15 - The Angel of Mercy
Cacciaguida's History Lesson
15 - Cacciaguida's History Lesson
 In The Hands Of Antaeus
16 - In The Hands Of Antaeus
 The two Circles of Spirits
16 - The two Circles of Spirits
  Cacciaguida Sees Danté's Exile in God
17 - Cacciaguida Sees Danté's Exile in God
The Flatterer
18 - The Flatterer
 Beatrice Comforts The Poet
18 - Beatrice Comforts The Poet
 The Siren of The Dream
19 - The Siren of The Dream
In The Heaven of Jupiter
19 - In The Heaven of Jupiter
The Black Cherub
20 - The Black Cherub
  
  The Celestial Staircase
21 - The Celestial Staircase
 Prodigality
22 - Prodigality
 
 Greed
23 - Greed
The Garden of Christ
23 - The Garden of Christ
 The Tree Of Punishment
24 - The Tree Of Punishment
 
 The Lustful
25 - The Lustful
The Apparition of St James
25 - The Apparition of St James
The Simoniacs
26 - The Simoniacs
The Two Crowds of the Lustful
26 - The Two Crowds of the Lustful
 
Lucifer
27 - Lucifer
Virgil's Last Words
27 - Virgil's Last Words
 
  St Peter and Dante
28 - St Peter and Dante
 Dante and Beatrice
29 - Dante and Beatrice
 
 Dante's Repentance
30 - Dante's Repentance
 
The Prophecy of Vanni Fucci
31 - The Prophecy of Vanni Fucci
  
   
  St. Bernard's Prayer To The Virgin
33 - St. Bernard's Prayer To The Virgin


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