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  • Museum number

    1845,0825.459

  • Description

    The banks of Phlegethon and the punishments of sodomy; the cord dropped into the pit and Geryon; in the foreground the banks form the mouth of a pit into which fall the waters of the stream; the two poets Dante and Virgil appear twice: in the centre above, conversing with the souls of the Florentines Guidoguerra, Aldobrandi and Risticucci; on the left looking down into the abyss from which rises the head of the monster Geryon; in the lower left corner the Roman numeral 'XVI' was crudely engraved in reverse; illustration to Dante's 'Divine Comedy' (Florence: 1481). c.1484-87 Engraving

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1484-1487 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 96 millimetres
    • Width: 172 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This impression belongs to a set of engravings intended to illustrate the edition of the 'Divine Comedy' published in Florence in 1481 by Niccolò 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 engraving illustrating the sixteenth canto of the 'Inferno'; the print corresponds generally to the drawing by Botticelli of the same subject (now in the Vatican), reversing its composition and focusing only on particular details. For a comparison between drawing and engraving see Royal Academy catalogue, 'Sandro Botticelli, The Drawings for Dante's Divine Comedy', 2000-2001, pp. 78-79. Keller noted (in 'The Engravings in the 1481 Edition of the Divine Comedy', in the exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts, 'Sandro Botticelli, The Drawings for Dante's Divine Comedy', 2000-2001, pp.326-333, in part. p. 331) that the banks of the Phlegethon resemble certain rocky landscapes in some drawings of the 'Florentine Picture Chronicle', an album of pen-and-ink drawings in the BM, now believed to be the product of Baldini's studio (eg. ff. 45-45v; see B. Degenhart, A. Schmitt, 'Corpus der italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450, Teil I: Sud-und Mittelitalien', 4, Berlin, 1968; pls. 425-426).

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  • Bibliography

    • TIB 24.2403.108.S2 bibliographic details
    • Hind 1938-48 A.V.2.16.II bibliographic details
    • Bartsch XIII.184.52 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian XVc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2015-2016 25Sep-24Jan, Berlin, Gemäldegalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 'Botticelli Re-Imagined'
    2016 Mar-Jul, London, V&A, 'Botticelli Re-Imagined'

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Divine Comedy
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1845

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1845,0825.459

The banks of Phlegethon and the punishments of sodomy; the cord dropped into the pit and Geryon; in the foreground the banks form the mouth of a pit into which fall the waters of the stream; the two poets Dante and Virgil appear twice: in the centre above, conversing with the souls of the Florentines Guidoguerra, Aldobrandi and Risticucci; on the l, looking down into the abyss from which rises the head of the monster Geryon; in the lower l corner the Roman numeral "XVI" was crudely engraved in reverse; illustration to Dante's 'Divine Comedy' (Florence: 1481).  c.1484-87  Engraving

The banks of Phlegethon and the punishments of sodomy; the cord dropped into the pit and Geryon; in the foreground the banks form the mouth of a pit into which fall the waters of the stream; the two poets Dante and Virgil appear twice: in the centre above, conversing with the souls of the Florentines Guidoguerra, Aldobrandi and Risticucci; on the l, looking down into the abyss from which rises the head of the monster Geryon; in the lower l corner the Roman numeral "XVI" was crudely engraved in reverse; illustration to Dante's 'Divine Comedy' (Florence: 1481). c.1484-87 Engraving

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