Friday, May 18, 2007

Botticelli's Inferno
You might have noticed the drawings Botticelli made for Dante's Inferno in the gallery I linked to in the previous post. I've collected all 27 of the drawings displayed on the site and linked them on here. I'm a fan of the more imaginative interpretations of Hell and Botticelli's unfinished drawings are among some of the best. Click on the numbers below to view Botticelli's illustrations of Dante's Inferno.

"Botticelli often concerned himself during his lifetime with illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy. He executed the drawings from the cycle illustrated here over a relatively long period of time, from about 1480 to 1500. The identification of these illustrations with the Dante cycle which Botticelli is known to have done for Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco, his great patron from the Medici family, seems not improbable.

For some reason unknown to us, the drawings were never completed. Only four of the surviving 93 sheets - nine having been lost in the course of time - are coloured, although this was presumably the original intention for all of them. The drawings are now in the collections of the Staatliche Museen in Berlin and the Vatican Library." - quote from here.

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View some of Botticelli's colored drawings from Dante's Divine Comedy here and here.
Click on the top 3 links here to view most of the remaining drawings from this series. Unfortunately the images are small, but at least you can enjoy the 27 drawings from the Inferno linked above in better detail.

Here is a book available for purchase that has collected all of Botticelli's drawings for Dante's Divine Comedy.

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