INFERNO: 10 Artists Recreate Dante’s Masterpiece

1592In about 1308, Dante Alighieri began writing the Inferno, the first portion of his epic poem, The Divine Comedy, which also contains the Purgatorio and Paradiso.

Inferno is an allegory that tells of Dante’s journey through Hell, guided by the Roman poet, Virgil. It represents the journey of the soul towards God beginning with the recognition and rejection of sin. In the work, Hell is depicted as nine circles of suffering; at each circle, the group of sinners undergoes a contrapasso, a form of punishment that resembles or contrasts their original sin. The sins become more serious as Dante descends further down, and Hell becomes colder as he moves further away from God’s warmth.

In 2014, Translations Gallery commissioned ten artists to retell this tale in a series of triptychs; this three-paneled art form is often seen in churches and cathedrals, and usually portrays religious subjects. Exhibition closes September 27, 2014. Works on display by Erin Mulligan, Bobby Rosenstock, Rich Pellegrino, Kari Halker, Marcy Axelband, David McDowell, Margene May, Marti Jones Dixon, Gabriel Mejia, and Steve Ehret.

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