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The Dore Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy (136 Plates by Gustave Dore) Paperback – June 1, 1976
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Gustave Doré (1832–83) was perhaps the most successful illustrator of the nineteenth century. His Doré 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 Doré's personal favorites.
The present volume reproduces with excellent clarity all 135 plates that Doré 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, Doré'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, Thaïs 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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I recently had the opportunity to read Danté's Divine Comedy as part of a book discussion group. Given the number of cultural references to the work I've observed and used over my life (I even entitled a college dance party "The Inferno" many years ago because the dance floor was hot!), reading the work was on my "bucket list." Of course the language and descriptions were very thick in places, and having the Dore's book of illustrations really helped the story come to life as well as helped me to stay on track while reading. The illustrations are gorgeous, in many places gruesomely so, and really convey the torture or rapture of the characters depicted in the Divine Comedy. This book of illustrations is a must-have companion to the Divine Comedy, and is highly recommended!
As far as this book goes, it is one of the easiest to gain entry into a very exciting world. I like the way the rendering are set to tell the story, too, allowing the reader to walk through some frightening gates and look into some of the terrible things that are described in a language that sometimes does seem heavy (Personal opinion and I don't mean offense by it).
When I look at this, it reminds me of the journey that I took as a young adult while learning about all those names and faces that I didn't know. It also reminds me of everything from people with their bodies buried in the ground to one poor soul writhing as a half spider/half woman appeared on the ground. Dore is that kind of influence and I'm glad that someone granted me entry into this world because, if they hadn't, I would have missed out on so much. So, brielf, I have to say that this is well worth the price of admission and it is well worth obtaining so you can look at the detail and marvel at the tools being utilized.
also, look into the other books. The bible, the mad; Dore was inspired by everything. And that is inspiring, to say the least.
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Gustave Doré work of a life time.
if you like Dante or illustrations in general this is one of the best one can...Read more