Antaeus Setting Down Dante and Virgil In The Last Circle of Hell William Blake Buy Art Prints Now
from Amazon

* As an Amazon Associate, and partner with Google Adsense and Ezoic, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
Email: [email protected] / Phone: +44 7429 011000

William Blake, born in the year 1757 and died in the year 1827, was a renowned English art painter and poet who was at the time unrecognized. However, in the modern days, Blake is a crucial figure in the visual arts and poetry field.

His artworks, particularly Antaeus Setting Down Dante and Virgil In The Last Circle of Hell is highly recognized. The artwork is one of the most magnificent paintings by William Blake using pen and ink as well as watercolour. He painted this piece of art in London, England, depicting Dante's Divine Comedy. William created about 102 pieces of art for this show when he was ill during his last days. In this particular art, the watercolours were in different states of finishing, and this - depicting a situation whereby Virgil is asking the extraordinary being Antaeus to put him as well as Dante towards the last circle of Hell - happens to be one of the most finished painting.

The piece of artwork depicts William's exceptional capability of creativeness and imagination, and his experience, knowledge, and use of technique: the scratching out, stippling, as well as rubbing establishing luminous and intense colour. Blake's depictions of Dante's Divine Comedy are expressed as being the most magnificent culmination of his pieces of art. Created during the early years of the 14th century, this piece of art depicts Dante's imagination across Hell as well as Purgatory towards Paradise. John Linnell, who was William's last patron, commissioned him to create the 102 paintings for the Divine Comedy show between the year 1824 and when he died in the year 1827. His painting projects for the Divine Comedy show ranged from simple drawings to exceptionally completed watercolours.

Only seven of William's art paintings were inscribed for the proposed publication. William's personal theological background pushed him not to depict but as well opinionated and even criticized, Dante's religious understanding of what salvation is, saying that Dante perceived devils where he saw none - he just saw good. Dante Alighieri was born in Italy and studied philosophy, after which he embarked on writing his poetic Divine Comedy that comprised of three poems: the Inferno, Purgatorio, as well as Paradiso. Dante's life, and especially the writing of Divine Comedy, was significantly inspired by the political situation of the late 13th century. During the period, there was a struggle for power between the state as well as the religious groups for power and authority.

Antaeus Setting Down Dante and Virgil In The Last Circle of Hell in Detail William Blake