“In the course of the journey of our life I discovered myself inside a darkish woods the place the straight manner was misplaced.”
By Maria Popova
Dante’s poetry endures as one among our civilization’s most enchanting creations — a lot in order that it has impressed generations of artists to interpret and reimagine it, from William Blake’s breathtaking etchings for the Divine Comedy to Salvador Dalí’s sinister and sensual work for the Inferno.
Among the many most memorable and bewitching reimaginers is the celebrated French illustrator, sculptor, printmaker, and engraver Gustave Doré (January 6, 1832–January 23, 1883), who thought of Dante’s work a “chefs-d’oeuvre of literature.”
In 1855, almost three many years earlier than his engravings for Poe’s “The Raven,” Doré started engaged on a collection of etchings for Dante’s Inferno (public library). Unable to discover a writer who was keen to take a monetary threat on the lavish folio version he envisaged, Doré self-published it in 1861. His astonishing paintings was an on the spot success, catalyzing his profession and showing in additional than 200 editions of Dante within the century and a half since.
Complement the Doré-illustrated Inferno with different timeless marriages of nice literature and nice artwork: Delacroix’s uncommon illustrations for Goethe’s Faust, William Blake’s work for Milton’s “Paradise Misplaced,” Maurice Sendak’s formative etchings for Blake’s “Songs of Innocence,” Milton Glaser’s drawings for Lord Byron’s “Don Juan,” and Salvador Dalí’s work for Cervantes’s Don Quixote, Dante’s Divine Comedy, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and the essays of Montaigne.