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Circle 1. The Moon The Illustrations for Paradiso We'll look at two sets of illustrations for Paradiso ; the ones in color are by the Sienese artist Giovanni di Paolo, done about 1445, and the monochrome etchings are by Gustav Doré, done in the 1900's. Occasionally we'll have illustrations of the same passage by the two artists, like these, where Dante and Beatrice converse with Piccarda dei Donati and the Empress Constanza, who broke their vows and thus occupy the lowest sphere of heaven. Slide 10-17: Donati and Costanza Dante, The Divine Comedy. Ill. Gustave Doré. London: Cassell. p. 182 Slide 10-16: DI PAOLO: Donati and Costanza Pope-Hennessy, John. Paradiso. The Illuminations of Dante's Divine Comedy by Giovanni di Paolo. NY: Random, 1993. p. 76
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We'll see that the di Paolo illustrations are generally more specific and more literal than Doré's. They refer to a specific passage in the allegory, while the Doré pictures can usually go anywhere in the story.
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