Passione Playing Cards: Avernum, Dite, Cocito

Stefano Protino led the team at Passione Playing Cards in their three-part Inferno-based playing card series. The series began with Avernum in 2015, and was followed up by two more decks, called “Inferno Dite” and “Inferno Cocito,” which were funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017. Both images below are from the Avernum deck.



Carlos Alonso en el infierno (1968)


“Seguramente pasará a la historia como uno de los grandes genios de la ilustración argentina. Dibujante de un refinamiento enorme, Carlos Alonso elevó el género a alturas que sirvieron de plataforma para muchos. Su arte alcanzó una difusión tal que en 1963 integró junto a Doré, Daumier y Picasso un cuarteto elegido para difundir una serie de postales con ilustraciones de El Quijote en la entonces Unión Soviética.

“Es que seis años antes Alonso había ilustrado El Quijote tras haber ganado un concurso que lanzó la editorial Emecé. Con todo, dentro de su vasta producción que incluye ilustraciones para el Martín Fierro, Mademoiselle Fifi de Guy de Maupassant, series del poemario de Neruda y El Matadero de Echeverría, para muchos su obra cumbre fue y sigue siendo la serie de la Divina Comedia que realizó en 1968 parte de la cual se exhibe ahora en el Museo Franklin Rawson de San Juan junto a una serie de relieves sobre el Dante que muestran visiones y perspectivas diferentes de un mismo autor.” […] — Clarí (May 16, 2014)

Leonardo Achilli’s #Dante2018 Illustrations

Leonardo Achilli is a designer and illustrator from Córdoba, Argentina. During the #Dante2018 social media initiative, Achilli created an illustration for each canto in the Divine Comedy, posting one piece on his Instagram each day along with the collective reading. The images below are from Achilli’s Instagram account: wingderecho.


To view more of Achilli’s artwork, you can follow him on Instagram, and on Twitter.

See other posts related to #Dante2018 here.

Illustrations of the Comedy by Matteo Berton (2015)


“I had the great pleasure of working on the Divine Comedy for a children’s adaptation written by Paolo di Paolo and published by La Nuova Frontiera Junior in 2015.

“The project was selected by the Society of Illustrator of New York annual competition Illustrator 58 in 2016 and won a Silver Medal in the book and editorial category.” — Matteo Berton

Rachel Owen’s Inferno Illustrations


Image from the Pembroke College Twitter feed

Rachel Owen: The Inferno Illustrations displays 34 photographic prints of mixed-media collage works, created in response to the Inferno in the Divine Comedy, a 14th century poem by the Italian poet Dante. This exhibition marks the culmination of Rachel Owen’s (1968 – 2016) lifelong academic and artistic engagement with the text.

“The Cardiff-born printmaker studied Fine Art and Italian at the University of Exeter and painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. She attained a PhD in the ‘History of Illuminated Manuscripts of Dante’s Commedia’ at the University of London in 2001. Until her death in December 2016, she taught Italian Literature in Pembroke, and at other colleges within the University of Oxford.” — Pembroke College Events

The exhibition of Owen’s work at the Pembroke College JCR Art Gallery ran from October 18 to December 1, 2017.

George Cochrane’s illustration and lettering of Inferno (2018)


Hand drawn, hand lettered, hand printed, and hand bound.

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Mike Donovan, depicting the Inferno

“I first read Dante’s Inferno in high school and many times since. I was fascinated by the Catholic concept of punishment and by the magnificent structures Dante built to accommodate those souls Dante felt should be there. My attempts at capturing the suffering souls, the colorful monsters and the hellish landscape are feeble compared to the illustrations of Dore’ and others but they are my honest attempts drawn and painted only to bring Hell into focus for me.”    –Mike Donovan

Seven Circles of Developer Hell

“Software development is a special kind of a nightmare. The kind that you wish you could wake up from, but can’t, because code is money and money is life. We asked our Toggl developers to describe their personal hell. After much screaming and hyperventilating, we ended up with this 7 circles of developer hell.” — Mart Virkus, Toggl, February 23, 2017


Look for more Toggl comics like this on their Facebook and Twitter.

Dante Illustrations by Robert Brinkerhoff

Robert Brinkerhoff, Professor of Illustration and Dean of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), has embarked on what he calls “an ambitious undertaking, to say the least“: he proposes to illustrate the Comedy in 100 canto-by-canto drawings. The Inferno illustrations will be completed in December 2017, with Purgatorio and Paradiso projected for a future date. In January 2017, he began blogging the Inferno illustrations on his personal blog Brinkerhoff Brimmeth Over.


Of the project, he writes, “Most of us read L’Inferno in high school or freshman lit classes in college, and its pulpy, phantasmal imagery appeals universally to youthful sensibilities. I last encountered L’Inferno (sans the rest of the poem) at age 19, my mind mired in newfound pleasures of freely available sex and beer and (finally, after 12 years of public school in which art class was shoved to the periphery) full-time dedication to art making. But in middle age I suspect the poem resonates more profoundly as it mirrors the preoccupations of people (like myself) whose paths in life are pondered with affection, regret, lost love, resentment and a desire to clarify, once and for all, the rest of the journey. Pick up Dante at age 50 and it will be a different literary experience. Spend many hours translating and drawing its tercets of terza rima and you’ll realize how much you have in common with a 14th century poet, despite the hundreds of years and linguistic traditions that separate you.” — Robert Brinkerhoff, “Introduction to Inferno: Una Selva Oscura,” Brinkerhoff Brimmeth Over, January 18, 2017

See his Divine Comedy images and follow the updates on his blog.

Cover of Jacobin magazine (2017)