A mysterious book with an equally mysterious illustrations.
The famous “divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri begins with the fact that the poet, the earthly life passed before the half, found themselves in a dark forest, having lost from the straight path. Starts the poem is, frankly, not very exciting. It’s more like the beginning of some scary stories or bloody detective. Their creativity Dante made a great contribution to the development of poetry in the understanding of human nature, however, the main achievement of the image he created hell, which influenced the concept of hell in the human mind.
In hell Dante the nine circles, and each of them more sophisticated and cruel torture and punishment, fire, ice, mythical creatures and terrible demons. “The divine Comedy” is an allegory about sin and redemption. Conductor Dante in hell Virgil becomes another poet who has also addressed the topic of hell in the works. By such subject, of course, couldn’t pass Salvador Dali, a zealous Catholic. The fact that the earlier poem was illustrated by William Blake and Gustave doré has added to the subject appeal.
In 1957, the Italian authorities have appealed to Salvador Dali to create a series of 101 watercolors for the new edition of “the divine Comedy” to mark the 700th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri and scheduled for 1965. Dali set to work. But when the first of the watercolors was exhibited at the Palace Pallavicini-Rospigliosi in Rome, part of the Italian public was unhappy with the fact that in order to pay tribute to the greatest poet of their country, hired a Spaniard, not an Italian. The project quickly turned.
But Dali is not confused, and he finished the job on the illustrations. In 1964, he turned to his French publisher Joseph Foret, who then worked on the production volumes of illustrations were Given to the new edition of “don Quixote”. The artist offered to make a new edition of the poem of Dante Alighieri with his illustrations. Fauré showed a sample of watercolors Gave the publishing house Les Heures Claires, which reacted enthusiastically to the project.
Two of the engraver, Raymond Jacquet and his assistant by the name of Taricco — was given the task manually cut 3500 wood blocks necessary for the reproduction of watercolors have Given. The Italian released a limited edition book. Reprints of watercolor illustrations Gave to the “divine Comedy” can be purchased online.
In the illustrations of the visible characteristic was Given details — elongated limbs, sprawling face and restless mood. Although his illustrations cannot be compared with works of Dore, Blake, Dali’s works create a surreal interpretation of hell and all its punishments.
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