The New York Times Magazine published an illustrated column, “Dante at the Beach,” in August 2015. An interpretation of Dante’s levels of hell, the column is from Christoph Niemann’s Abstract Sunday.
To see the whole column, click here.
“Three months in the making, each of the Jacks, Queens, and Kings represents a major figure from The Inferno.
“Each completely original character was designed as a modern interpretation that is true to the text and framed after the most famous ‘Inferno’ Illustrations created by renowned artist Gustave Dore in the 19th Century. Staying true to that vision, we have created images utilizing he original Dore plates for our backgrounds.” —Bicycle Inferno Kickstarter
View images of some of the cards here.
Contributed by Iris McComb (Bowdoin College ’14)
“For those PR professionals not involved in the candy, safety, party, and costume industries, what does Halloween mean for them? With everyone thinking of the underworld, it made me think about the venial and mortal sins that some PR professionals may commit as part of their daily practice of PR. In his Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri wrote of the Nine Circles of Hell. That caused me to wonder – what are the nine circles of PR Hell?” — Mark W. McClennan, PRSA Boston, October 31, 2014
Wayne Barlowe‘s Barlowe’s Inferno is a book of images of hell.
“Best-selling science fiction and fantasy artist Wayne Barlowe abandons his popular illustrative style and adopts a classic painterly technique in these images of Hell’s structures, iconographies, and inhabitants. In ‘Barlowe’s Hell,’ he incorporates the visual myths from many religions to present a chilling and beautiful collection of carefully researched and rendered artwork whose bizarre images contain symbolic references to age-old beliefs and practices.” —Amazon
“This new edition of Dante’s great work brings together for the first time the three volumes of the Hollander translation with the art of internationally recognized illustrator Monika Beisner. Beisner has created 100 detailed paintings for this publication, making her the first woman credited with illustrating the entire work. The set begins with an introduction by Carlo Carena and a foreword by Academy Award winning actor Roberto Benigni, known for his lectures and dramatic recitations of Dante’s poem. The third volume ends with an appreciation by writer and cultural historian Marina Warner entitled ‘Monika Beisner: Illuminating Stories.’ Warner writes, ‘The hundred miniatures took her seven years to complete and the achievement is dazzling. The present volume reproduces her work full-size, … with no strokes or drawing visible, but a pure glow of dense color, applied with brushes so small they consist of a half-dozen sable hairs.… Monika Beisner has been scrupulously loyal to Dante’s text, rendering gesture and position as described in the poem as well as its unsurpassed precision of spatial, geographical and temporal coordinates.’ ” [. . .] —Oak Knoll Press