Dante's Dream of the Eagle; Door of Purgatory; Punishment of the Proud
Virgin and Child in the Celestial Rose His illustrations of the Paradiso are greatly admired for their visual interpretation of the poem: the artist doesn't just transcribe Dante's words but seeks to render their meaning.
Blake's 102 drawings illustrating Dante's Divine Comedy commissioned by John Linnell
British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, who illustrated and printed his own books .
1824-27 (1757-1827) London
"The Baffled Devils Fighting" As we generally find with Blake's illustrations to the works of other writers, he has paid close attention to the details of Dante's poem . From his early years, he experienced visions of angels and ghostly monks, he saw and conversed with the angel Gabriel, the Virgin Mary, and various historical figures.
"Dante Running from the Three Beasts" While faithful to the text, Blake also brings his own perspective to bear on some of Dante's central themes, including sin, guilt, punishment, revenge, and salvation.
Wordsworth's verdict after Blake's death reflected many opinions of the time: "There was no doubt that this poor man was mad, but there is something in the madness of this man which interests me more than the sanity of Lord Byron and Walter Scott."
"Minos" Among Blake's later artistic works are drawings and engravings for Dante's Divine Comedy and the 21 illustrations to the book of Job, which was completed when he was almost 70 years old.
"The Circle of the Lustful: Francesca Da Rimini"