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  • Museum number

    1845,0825.447

  • Description

    The judgement seat of Minos, the punishment of lust; in a pit enclosed by broken cliffs, several naked souls are seen whirling in the wind; the two poets Dante and Virgil are depicted twice: on the left conversing with Minos in the form of demon with horns, on the right talking with the spirits of Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, who are embracing each other; at the lower border toward the left the Roman numeral 'V'; illustration to Dante's 'Divine Comedy' (Florence: 1481). c.1484-87 Engraving

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1484-1487 (circa)
  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 97 millimetres
    • Width: 176 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The impression belongs to a set of engravings intended to illustrate the edition of the 'Divine Comedy' published in Florence in 1481 by Niccolo' di Lorenzo della Magna, with a commentary by Cristoforo Landino. For this group see the entry for Hind A.V.2.1 (1845-8-25-440). This is the second state of the engraved illustration to the fifth canto of the 'Inferno'. No drawing by Botticelli is known, but some similarities (e.g. the features of the naked souls whirling in the wind) are found in the Botticelli's 'Chart of Hell', the only finished drawing of the series executed for Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici (now in the Vatican; see exh. cat., London, Royal Academy of Arts, 'Sandro Botticelli, The Drawings for Dante's Divine Comedy', 2000-2001, p. 39 (a detail of the relevant section on p. 49).

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  • Bibliography

    • TIB 24.2403.097.S2 bibliographic details
    • Hind 1938-48 A.V.2.5.II bibliographic details
    • Bartsch XIII.178.41 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian XVc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2001 Mar-Jun, London, Royal Academy, 'Sandro Botticelli...'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Divine Comedy
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1845

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1845,0825.447

The judgment seat of Minos, the punishment of lust; in a pit enclosed by broken cliffs, several naked souls are seen whirling in the wind; the two poets Dante and Virgil are depicted twice: on the l conversing with Minos in the form of demon with horns, on the r talking with the spirits of Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, who are embracing each other; at the lower border toward the l the Roman numeral "V"; illustration to Dante's 'Divine Comedy' (Florence: 1481).  c.1484-87  Engraving

The judgment seat of Minos, the punishment of lust; in a pit enclosed by broken cliffs, several naked souls are seen whirling in the wind; the two poets Dante and Virgil are depicted twice: on the l conversing with Minos in the form of demon with horns, on the r talking with the spirits of Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, who are embracing each other; at the lower border toward the l the Roman numeral "V"; illustration to Dante's 'Divine Comedy' (Florence: 1481). c.1484-87 Engraving

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