DIVINE COMEDY: Illustrated by William Blake

DIVINE COMEDY: Illustrated by William Blake

DANTE ALIGHIERI    Book Number: 87608    Product format: Hardback

Romantic poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827) produced 102 illustrations for Dante's masterwork, from pencil sketches to finished watercolours. His drawings range from scenes of infernal suffering to celestial light, from horrifying human disfigurement to the perfection of physical form. 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. Dante imagines himself a lost pilgrim who is taken on a guided journey and on his travels he is given the challenge of exploring the darkest recesses of the human soul in order to understand the root of evil, sin and ultimately, forgiveness. Accompanied on the first two stages of his pilgrimage by the author of the Aeneid, the Roman poet Virgil, the pair encounter grim and often shocking landscapes, punishments and sinners as they venture deeper into the throat of Hell. They part company at the summit of the mountain to the gates of Paradise because, as a pre-Christian pagan tied to Limbo, Virgil cannot be granted access to Paradise. Beatrice, who first appeared to Dante in Purgatory, takes the pilgrim into her care and transports him through space and time towards Paradise and the ineffable mystery of God and Creation. 288 large pages measuring 9" x 12" with beautiful full page colour artworks, page decoration and two column layout for all the Cantos.
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ISBN 9781784286446
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