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The Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy [Hardcover]

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Dante's Divine Comedy, one of the masterworks of European literature, has inspired artists from Botticelli to William Blake, and from Gustave Dor to Robert Rauschenberg and Tom Phillips. The great English Neoclassical sculptor John Flaxman (1755-1826) is no exception.

Flaxman's drawings for the Divine Comedy are published for the first time in this handsome volume. Famous for his designs for Wedgwood, Flaxman illustrated all 99 cantos of Dante's poem. The book includes the complete series of drawings, together with the preparatory studies accompanied by rhymes composed by Flaxman himself. A critical commentary on each drawing completes this magnificent book, an important addition to Dante studies and Flaxman scholarship. AUTHOR BIO: David Bindman is professor of history of art at University College, London. Carlo Ossola is professor of literature at the College of France. Francesca Salvadori is a historian who has worked extensively on Flaxman's notebooks.

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Pages   284
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.73" Width: 11.65" Height: 1.34"
Weight:   5.47 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Royal Academy Books
ISBN  1903973597  
ISBN13  9781903973592  

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Stunning  Mar 27, 2007
This book is a weighty large format hardback with well reproduced drawings by John Flaxman. The illustrations contain both Flaxmans preliminary drawings and final versions. Flaxman is not well known as an artist but the design work, detail and structure of these drawings is amazing.

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