Example for Visual Art Assignment

Example for Visual Art Assignment - Jack McElhaney...

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Jack McElhaney Mrs.Klein Ap English 4A September 10 2016 The author of the painting is Gustave Dore, a French artist known for creating depictions of scenes in books and poetry, this piece of art specifically is from Inferno by Dante Alighieri. In this specific scene, it is the near climax of the story, Dante and Virgil finally travel to the very bottom of Inferno, or the ninth circle of Hell, Cocytus. In the bottom and around all corners there is depiction of jagged and sharp stone, while the centerpiece of the picture is a large bearded and curly haired man, with bare, featherless wings and horns, that is Satan, or Lucifer. Satan is lying halfway inside an icy, frozen lake with what appears to be people frozen deep inside the lake, this discovery of the king of Hell is from Canto XXXIV of Inferno. Now came I (and with fear I bid my strain 10 Record the marvel) where the souls were all Whelm’d underneath, transparent, as through glass Pellucid the frail stem.
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