Gustave Dorè Illustrations
One of my favorite artists is Gustave Dorè. He was an illustrator, painter, engraver, among other things. As a high school student, an art teacher exposed me to his illustrations of the Divine Comedy, these works greatly influenced my artistic sensibilities. He is largely unknown even though his illustrations of the Divine Comedy and the Bible have been used in film, television, advertisements, and as illustrations for these texts. I have always felt that he was under appreciated as an artist and as a visual storyteller. On a side note, my daughter’s name is Dorè, obviously, named after this artist.
In an effort to expose more people to the work of Gustave Dorè, here is a Vimeo video with some of his illustrations (you might want to shut off the sound, it kicks into some horrible metal music when it shows images from Dante’s Inferno)<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/3856454″>Gustave Dore</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user1485421″>iollio</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
- How artists have portrayed the Divine Comedy (guardian.co.uk)
- From Dante to Dan Brown: how artists have portrayed the Divine Comedy (oddonion.com)
- Dante Alighieri “Divine Comedy” illustrated by Salvador Dali. (linaway.com)