Dante's Inferno Essay

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The article Fantastic Illustrations to Dante’s Inferno: Romantic and Contemporary Visions written by Francine Koslow describes the many different drawings that are parallel with each circle in Dante’s Hell. Dante’s Inferno provided imagery of Biblical or mythological views of Hell. Many artists took advantage of the diverse interpretations and created beautiful artwork. Dante’s version of Hell is the most detailed picture than in any other literature piece. Though The Divine Comedy provides a depiction of the Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Heaven), Dante’s Inferno has provided the most inspiration for artists because of the diverse scenes of gruesomeness and fanaticism. There are thirty-four detailed Canto’s of Dante…show more content…
Sandro Botticelli, a self-directed Dante scholar, was the earliest noted artist to draw a series of piece. Nineteen of Botticelli’s ninety-two pieces were named by Baccio Bandini as illustrations to the Inferno. Bandini’s notion to call these pieces illustrations to the Inferno gave Botticelli a name, but only for the nineteen particular drawings. Botticelli’s drawings “have had their most powerful influence on contemporary Dante illustration” (Koslow, 134). In the seventeenth and eighteenth century the cult of Dante and Dante illustration suffered negligence and ridicule. The message The Divine Comedy was sending, about Dante’s passage from sin and evil to a state of grace, goes against the beliefs during the Age of Reason and was believed to not be suitable for academic purposes. Renseleer Lee wrote an article in the mid eighteenth century describing the close relationship between poetry and art. During this time, art was used to “complement the word and to imitate poetry in the depiction of established and noble subject matter” (Koslow, 134). By the late eighteenth century, we saw a new interest in Dante’s Divine Comedy, especially the Inferno. This time period is when the “finest and most inspirational” (Koslow, 134) pieces of Dante’s poem were

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