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WILLIAM BLAKE: THE DRAWINGS FOR DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY. Sebastian Schutze and Maria Antonietta Terzoli. Benedikt Taschen Verlag GmbH, Cologne, 2014. 324 pp. (14 foldout) with 167 ills. (156 col.). 46 x 32 cm. ISBN 9783836555128 In English.
Oversized. Publisher's description: Celebrated around the world as a literary monument, The Divine Comedy, completed in 1321 and written by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) is widely considered the greatest work ever composed in the Italian language. The epic poem describes Dante's journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, representing, on a deeper level, the soul's path towards salvation. In the last few years of his life, Romantic poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827) produced 102 illustrations for Dante's masterwork, from pencil sketches to finished watercolors. Like Dante's sweeping poem, Blake's drawings range from scenes of infernal suffering to celestial light, from horrifying human disfigurement to the perfection of physical form. While faithful to the text, Blake also brought his own perspective to some of Dante's central themes. Today, Blake's illustrations, left in various stages of completion at the time of his death, are dispersed among seven different institutions. This TASCHEN edition brings these works together again, alongside key excerpts from Dante's masterpiece. Two introductory essays consider Dante and Blake, as well as other major artists who have been inspired by The Divine Comedy, including Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo, Eugene Delacroix, Gustave Dore and Auguste Rodin.
Artist(s):Blake, William
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — 1800-1900 — Drawing and Watercolor
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 163990
Hardcover, boxed $150.00    

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