Gustave Doré, The Dark Divine Comedy

Posted by Justin Meyers on

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.

https://www.wikiart.org/en/gustave-dore

http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/dore_gustave.html

http://www.worldofdante.org/gallery_dore.html

Images via Wikimedia Commons

 A Doré wood engraving illustration from The Divine Comedy

 A Doré wood engraving illustration from The Divine Comedy

 The Inferno, Canto 21

The Inferno, Canto 21 

 

 Gustave Dore, "A Celestial Light,"

Gustave Dore "A Celestial Light" 

 

Gustave Doré-La chute des anges rebelles

Gustave Doré "La chute des Anges Rebelles"


L'Énigme

L'Énigme

 

Gustave Dore macabre art print

Death on the Pale Horse

 

sea monster gustave dore

 

Gustave Dore - Loch Lomond, 1875

Gustave Dore - Loch Lomond, 1875

  

Lucifer Descends

Lucifer Descends 

The Inferno Canto 13 by Gustave Doré

The Inferno Canto 13 by Gustave Doré

 dore monster  

 

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