A prolific and extremely talented wood and steel engraver, illustrator, and sculptor Gustave Doré created macabre Visions. Angels, demons, historical drama and human tragedy filled his detailed etchings. The Paradise Lost illustrations and Dante's Divine Comedy have become so praised that many have become macabre popular culture items in their own right.
Doré's vast works are narrative and iconic, featuring dramatic use of contrast and no aversion to darker themes. His large compositions and intricately detailed etching fit well with the historically weighty projects Dore commonly took on. We have selected some of our favourite pieces from the Paradise Lost & Divine Comedy series as well as others.
Some resources for exploring more of Doré and his expansive catalogue of work.
Images via Wikimedia Commons
Death on the Pale Horse
Gustave Dore - Loch Lomond, 1875
The Inferno Canto 13 by Gustave Doré