An epic masterpiece and a foundational work of the Western canon, The Divine Comedy describes Dante's descent into Hell with Virgil as his guide; his ascent of Mount Purgatory and reunion with his dead love, Beatrice; and, finally, his arrival in Heaven. Examining questions of faith, desire, and enlightenment and furnished with semiautobiographical details, Dante's poem is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of human redemption.

The Paperback of the The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Dante Alighieri, Eric Drooker

Gustave Dore: Heavenly host - Upon reaching the Ninth Heaven, the Primum Mobile, Dante and his guide Beatrice look upon the sparkling circles of the heavenly host.

The sparkling circles of the heavenly host. Creator: Doré, Gustave Date: Medium: engraving Source: The vision of Purgatory and Paradise by Dante Alighieri (London and New York: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin

Ilustraciones de Boticelli para la Divina Comedia: Dante y Beatriz contemplan el cielo de los cielos

Dante and Beatrice in the heaven of mercury. An illustration by for the Divine Comedy

Salvador Dalí, Gustave Doré, Alberto Martini, Sandro Botticelli, the earlier and less-recognized Priamo della Quercia and Giovanni di Paolo — all of these artists have tried their hand at illustrating Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.

Il Paradiso di Mœbius - Moebius' Illustrations for Dante's The Divine Comedy

Paradise: Dante sees the formation of a golden ladder and souls descending from the steps  Creator: Doré, Gustave  Date: c.1868

(Paradise) Ladder: Dante sees the formation of a golden ladder and souls descending from the steps Creator: Doré, Gustave Date: Medium: engraving

The Divine Comedy / Dante Alighieri  one of the hardest books i've ever read, but also one of the most fascinating

The Divine Comedy / Dante Alighieri one of the hardest books to read, but also one of the most fascinating

Gustave Dore, The Divine Comedy

Doré's White Rose - Illustration to Dante's Divine Comedy, Paradiso by Gustave Doré. Plate Dante and Beatrice and the Heavenly Host of Angels (Canto The Saintly Throng in the Form of a Rose)

Paradiso Canto Fourteen by Gustave Dore

Paradiso Canto Fourteen Poster by Gustave Dore

Jean "Moebius" Moebius ~ Paradiso (1999)

Salvador Dalí, Gustave Doré, Alberto Martini, Sandro Botticelli, the earlier and less-recognized Priamo della Quercia and Giovanni di Paolo — all of these artists have tried their hand at illustrating Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.

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