“In 1901, Vittorio Alinari, head of Fratelli Alinari, the world’s oldest photographic firm, decided to publish a new illustrated edition of Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy.’ To do so, Alinari announced a competition for Italian artists: each competitor had to send illustrations of at least two cantos of the epic poem, which would result in one winner and a public exhibition of the drawings. Among the competitors were Alberto Zardo, Armando Spadini, Ernesto Bellandi, and Alberto Martini.” [. . .] —Open Culture, November 6, 2013
“The Divine Comedy is an exploration of the relationship between literature, 3D, stereoscopy and hand-drawn illustration. Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s and Gustave Dore’s classic works, technical artist William Dube and I recreate Dante’s epic quest through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. The work was made in Maya and Mudbox.” —Behance
“Every Litograph design emerges from the text of a book. [. . .] This 24 x 36 inch print includes the full text of Inferno from the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translation of The Divine Comedy. The 18 x 24 inch print includes approximately the first three quarters of Inferno.” —Litographs
“The 100 illustrations that Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali did in the 1960s to mark the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s ‘The Divine Comedy’ are being exhibited in Sao Paulo, the last stop on a tour of Brazil.
“The exhibition, which runs until Oct. 27 , is being held at the Caixa Cultural in Sao Paulo.” [ . . . ] —EFE, September 2, 2013
Contributed by Vanessa Teixeira