Item description for William Blake's Divine Comedy Illustrations: 102 Full-Color Plates by William Blake...
Dante's "Divine Comedy" captivated medieval readers, and each successive era remains spellbound by its sublime portraits of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. In the early nineteenth century, one of England's great epic poets paid tribute to the Italian master's work. Gifted at both poetry and painting, William Blake transformed more than a hundred of Dante's visions into sketches, engravings, and brilliant watercolors. This collection features all of his distinctive interpretations of Dante's immortal trilogy. Although Blake labored in poverty and obscurity all his life, he is recognized today as one of the preeminent artists and poets of the English-speaking world. An 1825 commission from patron John Linnell enabled him to focus on illustrating Dante's tales--the type of visionary work to which his talents were ideally suited. The artist spent the last three years of his life creating these images, which range from completely finished pieces to rough sketches. Blake's highly original approach offers not only an excellent introduction to Dante's allegorical tales, but also a new and fresh perspective for those already familiar with the" Divine Comedy."
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Studio: Dover Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.94" Width: 10.46" Height: 0.25" Weight: 0.96 lbs.
Release Date Sep 19, 2008
Publisher Dover Publications
ISBN 0486464296 ISBN13 9780486464299
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More About William Blake
William Blake(1757-1827) was the son of a London hosier. Having attended Henry Parr's drawing school, he was apprenticed as an engraver to the Society of Antiquaries in 1772 and later was admitted to teh Royal Academy. He married in 1782 and published his first work, Poetical Sketches, in 1783. The first of his "illuminated books" was Songs of Innocence in 1789. Blake's work over the next twenty years chart the refining of his ideas and beliefs, from a recognition of repression in Songs of Experience to his epic works Milton and Jerusalem whihc present a renewed vision of reconciliation between humanity. G. E. Bentley, Jr., has taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Toronto and is an authority on Blake and his world."
Reviews - What do customers think about William Blake's Divine Comedy Illustrations: 102 Full-Color Plates?
Delusion Feb 6, 2010
Purtroppo il mio voto è assolutamente negativo. Mi aspettavo le 102 illustrazioni in Full Color, ma invece sono molto meno
quelle complete. Le altre sembrano schizzi, o prove d'autore, o opere incomplete. Diciamo che ce ne sono 10 o 15 mozzafiato....ma per il resto......
A Good Book if You Like Blake's Art Jan 30, 2010
I was a copy of Dante's Divine Comedy as a birthday present for a friend who mentioned they would like to have one with the William Blake illustrations. It's hard to the actual Divine Comedy with these illustrations, but then I stumbled upon this. It's nice because you have all of the illustrations (even ones unfinished or not in the original edition of the book with his illustrations). Since my friend already had a copy, I decided to buy this! He loved it and I'm glad I bought it. The quality of the pictures is excellent. A great coffee table book for sure!