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Against the Middle Way: William Blake's Illustration to Dante's Inferno, Canto 2 <Articles>
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Pyle, Eric Allan
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Painting. Pictorial arts
abstract
William Blake's final, unfinished series of pictures was a set of illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy. Letters, marginal notes, and other comments by Blake indicate that while he respected Dante as a thinker and poet, he did not agree with Dante's theology. It is my contention in this paper that Blake intended his Dante pictures as "corrections" to the text of the Comedy, not merely as illustrations. Convincing scholarly work has shown that Blake undertook similar projects with both Milton's Paradise Lost and the Old Testament's Book of Job, amending the original author's message and adding a layer of his own meaning. In the case of his Job illustrations, Blake's reinterpretation was accomplished solely through visual, iconographic means, without adding original text. I believe that the Comedy pictures were designed to accomplish a similar end. In this paper I will examine a portion of the watercolor illustration to the second canto of the Inferno, to show how Blake introduces a visual symbol of his own that analyzes and criticizes Dante's moral system.
journal title
Annual Review of Hiroshima Society for Science of Arts
issue
Issue 23
start page
15
end page
27
date of issued
2010-07-23
publisher
広島芸術学会
issn
0914-9872
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language
jpn
nii type
Journal Article
HU type
Journal Articles
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application/pdf
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Copyright (c) 2010 Author
department
Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences
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