The Vision of Hell (Inferno)

Various artists/makers

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Out of his facility for grotesque humor and gaslight melodrama, Doré; invented some 10,000 illustrations for books and magazines that were duplicated for simultaneous publications in Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Saint Petersburg, Stockholm, London, and Haarlem. With illustrated editions of the Bible, Dante's Inferno, Cervantes' Don Quixote, Poe's The Raven, and a host of other classics popular at mid-century, he was the reigning master of the coffee-table book. To save the time it would have taken to draw in line, he often painted boxwood blocks with tones of ink and opaque white for engravers to interpret by inventing lines and dots.

The Vision of Hell (Inferno), Dante Alighieri (Italian, Florence ca. 1265–1321 Ravenna), Wood engraved illustrations

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No. 55, Canto XXVI, lines 46-9 (image: 9 7/16 x 7 9/16 in. (37.5 x 27 cm), engraved by Pisan.