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William Blake. Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’. The Complete Drawings

Clothbound, 6.7 x 9.4 in., 3.51 lb, 464 pages
New edition, only US$ 40
Original edition US$ 150
Save US$ 110
Edition: English
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Discover William Blake’s complete 102 illustrations for The Divine Comedy, with excerpts from Dante’s epic poem. Featuring an intimate reading of Blake’s extraordinary works and many close-up details, this is a breathtaking encounter with two of the finest artistic talents in history, as well as with such universal themes as love, guilt, punishment, revenge, and redemption.

Customer reviews (19)

Imagination Ablaze

William Blake’s spectacular illustrations for “The Divine Comedy”
Celebrated around the world as a literary monument, The Divine Comedy, completed in 1321 and written by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), is widely considered the greatest work ever composed in the Italian language. The epic poem describes Dante’s journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, representing, on a deeper level, the soul’s path towards salvation.

In the last few years of his life, Romantic poet and artist William Blake (1757–1827) produced 102 illustrations for Dante’s masterwork, from pencil sketches to finished watercolors. Like Dante’s sweeping poem, Blake’s drawings range from scenes of infernal suffering to celestial light, from horrifying human disfigurement to the perfection of physical form. While faithful to the text, Blake also brought his own perspective to some of Dante’s central themes.

Today, Blake’s illustrations, left in various stages of completion at the time of his death, are dispersed among seven different institutions. This TASCHEN edition brings these works together again, alongside key excerpts from Dante’s masterpiece. Two introductory essays consider Dante and Blake, as well as other major artists who have been inspired by The Divine Comedy, including Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo, Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Doré, and Auguste Rodin.

With an intimate reading of Blake’s illustrations, and many close-ups to allow the most delicate of details to dazzle, this is a breathtaking encounter with two of the finest artistic talents in history, as well as with such universal themes as love, guilt, punishment, revenge, and redemption.
The authors

Sebastian Schütze was a longtime research fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max Planck Institute for Art History) in Rome. He is a member of the academic board of the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici in Naples, and a member of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. From 2003 to 2009 he held the Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art at Queen’s University in Kingston. In 2009 he was appointed professor of early modern art history at Vienna University.

After studying in Pavia, Bologna, and Geneva, Maria Antonietta Terzoli taught at the universities of Geneva and Zurich. Since 1991 she has been a professor at the University of Basel, where she is head of the department of Italian Studies. A philologist and interpreter of literary text, she specializes in Italian literature.

William Blake. Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’. The Complete Drawings
Clothbound, 6.7 x 9.4 in., 3.51 lb, 464 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-6863-0
Edition: English

Customer reviews (19)

Beautiful book

Jason, October 30, 2021
Delivery was timely, and the book is gorgeous.

For Dante and Blake Fans!

Owain, October 28, 2021
Another well crafted and presented work from TASCHEN. Excellent reproductions of Blake's illustrations along with overviews of each plate within the context of Dante's Divine Comedy.

Plus qu'un bel objet

Raoul, October 28, 2021
Très bel ouvrage, regroupant un des plus beau texte Italien, référence dans sa forme et son sujet, illustré "Divinement".

Dante in a different persepctive

Bart, October 27, 2021
I knew about Dante's Divine Comedy (I am currently reading it) but was pleasantly surprised at the drawings from William Blake. The combination of the drawings and the explanations is really ideal. This book is also very affordable !

Amazing

Lilian-Maria, October 27, 2021
Wonderful book : beautiful colors, we can feel all the faith and mysticism of Blake in these paintings. Perfect combination with Dante's book text explanation

William Blake. Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ - Empfehlung

Caélou, October 27, 2021
Auch in ihrer Vollständigkeit absolut gelungene Hommage an den Maler und seine titanisch, romantischen Inszenierungen.

Exactly what I wanted!

Austin, October 27, 2021
The image resolution etc in this book are fantastic for all of William Blake's drawings. Truly, this is a fantastic collection at such a wonderful price! TASCHEN is consistently the highest quality with all of their releases.

Very beautyfullly designed book

Willem J, October 27, 2021
Very beautyfullly designed book, like all your editions. High quality.
A standard for art books

A Beautiful Edition of a Beloved Work

Pablo Medina, October 27, 2021
I was struck by the gorgeous reproductions of the Blake illustrations and the remarkable design of the book itself. It was a gift to a friend, who now prominently displays the book in his personal library.

Beautiful

Robert, October 27, 2021
Beautiful book with fantastic art work.
William Blake. Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’. The Complete Drawings
William Blake.
Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’.
The Complete Drawings
New edition, only US$ 40
Original edition US$ 150
Save US$ 110
William Blake. Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’. The Complete Drawings