Salvador Dali Brings His Surrealist Imagination To Dantes Inferno

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dali_divinecomedy1Dante Alighieri’s epic poem the Divine Comedy is a landmark in literature still being taught in schools to this day. Of course when a tale has lived on for over 700 years, there are going to be multiple artists capturing the emotions of Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. One of those artists overtime just so happened to be Salvador Dali. Take a look at the history and the art below, it truly is a sight to be seen!

In 1957 when Salvador Dali was on top of the world, the Italian Government commissioned Dali to create over 100 paintings for a limited 1965 release of Dante’s Divine Comedy for what would have been the 700th anniversary of Dante’s birth. Unfortunately, at the time, the Italian public was not to happy that a Spaniard would be illustrating one of Italy’s greatest pieces of literature. However, Dali went ahead and hired two engravers to hand carve 3,500 wooden blocks to be used as reproductions for Dali to release the book himself and you can still find copies of the book today, for a pretty penny that is, to add to your own personal library or art collection!