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Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy


In 1957, Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) produced 100 watercolor paintings (later translated into wood engravings) responding to Dante Alighieri’s (1265-1321)Divine Comedy.  A commission from the Italian government, the works follow Dante’s allegorical journey through Hell (Inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio), and Heaven (Paradiso).

For seven centuries artists have responded to Dante’s Divine Comedy.  Discover more by following the links below:

From Dante to Dan Brown: how artists have portrayed the Divine Comedy

Read Jonathan Jones’ article addressing how various artists have drawn inspiration from Dante’s Divine Comedy in the Guardian.

World of Dante

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