About this artwork
The frightening depiction of Hell follows Dante’s use of contrapasso (suffer the opposite) in which the sinners’ penance is based on the nature of their crimes. The gluttons to Satan’s left, for example, face a dinner table, but the tormenting demons prevent them from eating.
This print is a copy of a mid-1330s fresco in Campo Santo, Pisa, by Francesco Traini. It was made by an unknown Florentine engraver before extensive renovations to the fresco in 1523 radically altered the composition.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Baccio Baldini, Circle of
- Inferno According to Dante
- Made 1460–1480
- Engraving in black on ivory wove paper
- 220 × 282 mm (plate); 280 × 262 mm (sheet)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.