Dante, Purgatorio And Inferno By La Divina Paradiso

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Dante Alighieri was exiled from Florence in 1302. He had joined the political scene, and after holding a few different positions, the leading political party at the time called the Black Guelphs, decided they didn’t want Dante in their city anymore. Dante, began traveling, withdrew from all political activities and focused on one thing, his writing. The next few years and until 1321 when he passed away, Dante was in the most creative period of his life. His most popular work being La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy), an epic poem describing the journey through the Christian afterlife. The story is told in three separate books, Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso and was wrote in first person to depict what Dante imagines each realm of the dead resembles. Numerous artists have illustrated pictures to go along with each canto, or chapter. With three different books and over thirty cantos in each book, creating the illustrations was not an easy task. It took years for skilled illustrators to work through all the cantos to be able to produce the pictures. Now, some of the pictures that were made are an extremely significant part of the story itself. The most sinister illustrations come from Inferno,and have helped change how we think of and picture Hell. Given Dante’s immaculate descriptions of his journey and those he came across, the illustrators could make works of art that can certainly disturb the reader. The third canto in Inferno is about Dante, and his guide for this
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