Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Dante's Divine Comedy; Inferno; Canto XII

 Up until this point I had avoided drawing Dante and Virgil because they simply didn’t interest me. But my illustrations had progressed to the point where this was an unsupportable luxury. To move forward I would have to design my two main protagonists, “The Poetic Duo”.  

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Dante's Divine Comedy; Inferno: Canto XI

I had difficulty thinking of the proper names to award the 8 circles of Hell. I was searching for nouns, not adjectives or adverbs, and, on several of them, I came up with blanks. Any ideas out there, in blog-audience land?

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Dante's Divine Comedy: Inferno: Canto X

 Dante and Virgil are now in the 6th Circle of Hell, the round of the Heretics. They pass a graveyard and and open tomb. Farinata, a partisan on the opposing side of the Florentine civil war, stands into view and starts trading insults with Dante. Then another shade pops up. He is Cavalcante, father of Guido, a poet ex-friend of Dante’s whom Dante caused to be exiled from Florence, leading to Guido’s death. The sight of his betrayed friend’s Dad causes Dante to feel guilty. I’m not sure what this has to do with heresy.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Dante's Divine Comedy; Inferno: Canto IX

 Virgil and Dante are saved by an Angel, who contemptuously taps the barred gates of Dis with a wand. The gates fly open. The Hellish Host has vanished. Dante and Virgil enter, unmolested, free to explore ever more nether regions of the Netherworld. 

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