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THE ILLUSTRATED DIVINE COMEDY BY DANTE AND DALI. Dante Aligheri. Flammarion, Paris, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., New York. 33 x 25 cm. ISBN 9782080203038 In English.
Publisher's description: This volume of Dante's prolific poem The Divine Comedy is beautifully illustrated by legendary Spanish painter Salvador Dali, with wonderful watercolors first commissioned in the 1950s. Published in English for the first time, this edition marries the vision of two artistic icons in a deluxe gift set. In 1950, the Italian government invited Spanish painter Salvador Dali to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the birth of Dante by illustrating his epic poem, The Divine Comedy, for a deluxe edition. Although the artist was commissioned to produce 100 illustrations, the Italian public's ire was piqued by the thought that a foreigner would be given the honor of illuminating a work by one of Italy's most renowned literary legacies. As a result of the controversy, the Italian government severed ties with Dali and hired an Italian artist for the illustrations. But Dali continued working on the illustrations and remained passionate about the project and for over nine years when, in 1959, the French publishing house Les Heures Claires signed on to publish a French edition. Under Dali's direct supervision, they used a high-quality engraving process and achieved stunning results. This new, outstanding volume features Dali's extraordinary illustrations alongside the full English translation for the first time. Experience The Divine Comedy like never before in this luxury, gift-worthy edition.
Artist(s):Dali, Salvador
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 173471
Hardcover $235.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title) Temporarily Out of Stock. Library Orders Accepted, but Availability and Price Cannot be Guaranteed.

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