Botticelli’s Divine Comedy Drawings

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Map of Dante’s Hell by Sandro Botticelli (c.1485)

“Midway upon the journey of our life

I found myself within a forest dark, ⁠

For the straightforward pathway had been lost.

Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say ⁠

What was this forest savage, rough, and stern, ⁠

⁠Which in the very thought renews the fear.”

-Dante Alighieri, Canto I of ‘Inferno’

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Image for Canto XVIII by Sandro Botticelli
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Baldini engraving, after Botticelli (c.1481) depicting a scene from the beginning of ‘Inferno’
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Botticelli’s Lucifer
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Doré’s depiction of Lucifer
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image from Botticelli depicting purgatory
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Image from the end of ‘Purgatori’ — entrance of Beatrice, who will serve as Dante’s guide to paradise
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Botticelli’s depiction of Beatrice and Dante in from of the celestial spheres of heaven

“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” -Carl Jung

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Beatrice and Dante ascend, by Sandro Botticelli
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The Empyrean as depicted by Sandro Botticelli

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