Sunday, April 06, 2008

Dante and Virgil in Union Square by isabel Bishop at the Delaware Art Museum

Dante and Virgil in Union Square by Isabel Bishop (1932).

The two classically dressed figures in the painting are Dante and Virgil from Dante's Inferno. of the author, the description plate says
she was inspired by her reading of a "down-to-earth" and "unpoetical" translation of Dante's Inferno, a version that dwelled on the mundane details of the underworld. The artist connected the hordes of ordinary souls that confront Dante and Virgil in hell with the hordes of human beings that daily passed through Union Square at rush hour.

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