Paradise: Canto XV (Fifth Heaven, Sphere of Mars) from Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy), Plate 48 from Woodcuts from Books of the 15th Century

A work made of woodcut in black, and letterpress in black (recto and verso), on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black, and letterpress in black (recto and verso), on cream laid paper.

Date:

1491, portfolio assembled 1929

Artist:

Unknown Artist (Venice, late 15th century)
printed and published by Bernardino Benalius (Italian, c. 1458–c. 1543) and Matteo Capcasa (Italian, active 1485–1491)
original text by Dante (Italian, c. 1265-1321)
portfolio text by Wilhelm Ludwig Schreiber (German, 1855–1932)

About this artwork

This page is from an illustrated edition of the book Paradise from Dante’s Divine Comedy. The poet and narrator, Dante, has already encountered many extraordinary things in the tormenting circles of purgatory and hell, where some of his deceased friends now reside. In this scene, Dante appears at the left with his lamented muse, Beatrice (they are labeled “D” and “B”). She has escorted him to meet his great-great-grandfather, who teaches him about his family origins and the Florence of his lifetime (depicted below). All the souls in heaven appear as blameless infants floating around the main figures.

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Artist

Unknown artist

Title

Paradise: Canto XV (Fifth Heaven, Sphere of Mars) from Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy), Plate 48 from Woodcuts from Books of the 15th Century

Origin

Italy

Date

1491

Medium

Woodcut in black, and letterpress in black (recto and verso), on cream laid paper

Dimensions

65 x 64 mm (image/block); 301 x 212 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Print Sales Miscellaneous Fund

Reference Number

1938.86.48

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