“Inferno & Paradiso” a photojournalistic exhibit in South Africa (2001)


“. . .World renowned artist/photographer Alfredo Jaar curated this show which is presented as a collaboration between the SANG, the BildMuseet in Umea, Sweden, and Riksutstallningar, the Swedish Travelling Exhibitions Organisation. His curatorial method was this: ‘I invited 18 photojournalists from around the world to contribute two images to the exhibition (inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy). For ‘Inferno’ I asked them to select the single image that was the most difficult to produce, the one that caused the most pain and anguish. And for ‘Paradiso’, the most joyful one, the one that has given them the most happiness in the world.’ ”
–Sue Williamson, Art Throb

Contributed by Charlie Russell (Bowdoin, ’08)

“Foxtrot” by Bill Amend (December 2006)


Contributed by Charlie Russell-Schlesinger (Bowdoin, ’08)

Chris Sullivan, “Dante’s Divine Comedy” (2006)

Photo by Chris Sullivan

Anna Booth, “Inf. XXVI” (2006)

Photo by Anna Booth

Jennifer Strange, “Inspired by Dante: An Artist’s Journey Through The Divine Comedy”


Learn more at Inspired by Dante.

Contributed by Jennifer Strange

“Stolen Goya Found in Montenegro”

bbc-world-news-logo“The oil painting, Count Ugolino, had been lifted from a gallery in Turin, northern Italy, in December 2001.
Goya’s work – which evokes a gory episode from Dante’s Inferno – was retrieved during a raid on a flat near the Montenegrin capital of Pogdorica.
Two brothers were detained. The painting had been insured for £277,000 after being bought for £140 in 1999.
At the time, it was bought as an anonymous work, but experts later attributed it to Goya.
The work – which is roughly as large as an A4 sheet – refers to one of the most shocking tales from medieval Italy.
In his Divine Comedy, Dante told the story of Count Ugolino della Gherardesca, who, according to his story, ended up eating the flesh of his children after all the male members of the family were starved to death by Ugolino’s enemies.    —BBC News, June 15, 2005

Contributed by Susan Wegner

Sarah Symmons, “John Flaxman and Francisco Goya: Infernos Transcribed”


Read the full article from Burlington Magazine (1971) at JStor.

Contributed by Susan Wegner

Dante and Swan


Contributed by Richard Abrams

“Infernal Entertainment”


Found at: The New Yorker, October 16, 2006 (retrieved on Oct 13, 2006)

Contributed by Peter Schwindt

Gary Larson, “The Far Side”

Hell and Back

Contributed by Dennis Looney