The Doré Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy: 136 Plates

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Dover Publications, 1976 - Art - 136 pages
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Gustave Dore (1832-83) was perhaps the most successful illustrator of the nineteenth century. His Dore Bible was a treasured possession in countless homes, and his best-received works continued to appear through the years in edition after edition. His illustrations for Dante's "Divine Comedy "constitute one of his most highly regarded efforts and were Dore's personal favorites.
The present volume reproduces with excellent clarity all 135 plates that Dore produced for "The Inferno, Purgatory, "and" Paradise. "From the depths of hell onto the mountain of purgatory and up to the empyrean realms of paradise, Dore's illustrations depict the passion and grandeur of Dante's masterpiece in such famous scenes as the embarkation of the souls for hell, Paolo and Francesca (four plates), the forest of suicides, Thais the harlot, Bertram de Born holding his severed head aloft, Ugolino (four plates), the emergence of Dante and Virgil from hell, the ascent up the mountain, the flight of the eagle, Arachne, the lustful sinners being purged in the seventh circle, the appearance of Beatrice, the planet Mercury, and the first splendors of paradise, Christ on the cross, the stairway of Saturn, the final vision of the Queen of Heaven, and many more.
Each plate is accompanied by appropriate lines from the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translation of Dante's work.
Dover (1976) original publication.

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User Review  - TheIdleWoman - LibraryThing

A fantastic reference work for Dore's superb engravings for Dante. To my mind, Dore is the artist who captured the feel of Dante's poem most accurately, and it's great to have all his work for the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Big_Bang_Gorilla - LibraryThing

As ever, Dover performed a praiseworthy service to the reading community with this freestanding edition of the masterful Dore illustrations to the Divine Comedy for those who don't want to find the ... Read full review


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French illustrator Gustave Doré (1833-83) began his prolific career at the age of 15, and his dramatic engravings have exercised an incalculable influence over latter-day artists. The remarkable scope of his work ranges from Milton, Dante, and the Bible to Rabelais, Shakespeare, and street scenes of 19th-century London.

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