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Inferno According to Dante

A work made of engraving in black on ivory wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory wove paper.

Date:

c. 1470, printed 19th century

Artist:

Circle of Baccio Baldini (Italian, c. 1436–1487)
after Francesco Traini (Italian, active 1321–1345)

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.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Baccio Baldini, Circle of

Title

Inferno According to Dante

Origin

Italy

Date

Made 1460–1480

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

220 × 282 mm (plate); 280 × 262 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1922.351

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