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Barlowe's Inferno Hardcover – December 8, 1998
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There is very much that is odd about this book. It's certainly a coffee table book but only a deranged, militant bishop would leave it out on the coffee table. It is not a guide, neither field nor travel, nor is it a photo-journal of a trip as, with only 22 full color paintings and 6 sketches, it would be a woefully incomplete one. Yet, at times, one is left with the feeling that Barlowe is on the verge of a new form of story telling, i.e., using a series of almost disconnected images to force the reader thru a series of emotions and conclusions leading to an inescabable denouement.
The artwork, while visually stunning, has its oddities also. It owes nothing to Dore, Bruegel or Bosch and in this Barlowe succeeds in the almost impossible task of creating something "completely new" in his re-fitting of Hell. His handling, always meticulous, has become a vituoso display of textures and gone, generally and thankfully, are the sharp linear highlights and brushwork of his earlier works.
The images presented are neither hermetic nor hieratic and very approachable in symbolic content. While somewhat more impressionist than realist, the paintings range from landscapes to portraits. Yet, they are curiously without sympathy--the artist is moved to awe by the atmosphere of Hell but conveys little pity for its inhabitants.
In this, he matches Dante, but oddly again, gone is the divine logic of Dante's punishments. Barlowe's punishments are capricious and illogical.Read more ›
Although Barlowe's searing INFERNO imagery is rendered in a somewhat less photographic, more "painterly" style than his earlier books I have, it's dead-on target for depicting this eternally skin-crawling, hyper-grotesque netherworld. Helpfully described by a sort of narrative text, the twisted inhabitants of Barlowe's raging nightmarescapes purposefully go about their unending torments with skull-shredding focus: their horrors make bizarre sense.
I first went through this visually and spiritually cacophonous, masterful work on Christmas day. What contrast: listening to carols about angels from Heaven, while staring at demon-shrieking souls in Hell.
Final note; don't miss the deliciously caustic JUSTITIA OMNIBUS at the bottom of page 2.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An increadable, surreal, and surprisingly fresh take on the underworld, so often depicted as a boring fire filled torture chamber. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Gyub, Lord of the Pit
I am fascinated with the strange and bizarre. This book is certainly all of that and more. I also have books by H.R.Geiger and this book is in that catagory. Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by David Proffitt
Face it, this guy is awesome and you'll never be as good. This book is so good that it seems obvious. Read morePublished on May 4, 2009 by Little Yang
When I saw this book and seen the reviews, I figured that it was just going to be "cool". Then when I finally got this in the mail I was completely overwhelmed by the imaginative... Read morePublished on October 16, 2006 by Steven Thomas
This collection is basically Barlowe's visual interpretation of Dante's Inferno from The Divine Comedy. Read morePublished on October 16, 2004 by Glynn Clapsaddle
The book was not as good as I thought it was going to be. When I read certain passages of it at the bookstore I thought it was going to be a fictional narrative of a doomed... Read morePublished on March 11, 2004 by Jerry Dean
Wayne Barlowe has long been one of my favorite artists, up there with Bekinski and Giger. He has a real talent for pulling the viewer into his world, so that we can almost smell... Read morePublished on January 11, 2003 by Annaleise Ferreira
Normally I am reserved in my reviews but this one stands out as an entity that deserves high praise. I had been researching visions of Hell for some years when this book came out. Read morePublished on March 28, 2002
Sometimes I have concepts or images that I feel can never be put down on paper. Wayne D. Barlowe seems to be that certain rare indivdual that is capable of transcribing to canvas... Read morePublished on June 1, 2001 by Ravi Choppala