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William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded one of his greatest masterpiece entitled Dante and Virgil in Hell, or in the original French Dante et Virgile au Enfers, in 1850. This was the artist’s third attempt to win the prestigious Prix de Rome, a scholarship program for young artists created during the reining of Louis XIV. Although the artist’s only terribilita painting – meaning a work that provokes terror – was very well received by the critics of the time, he did not win with this submission. Bouguereau eventually won the Prix de Rome with the artwork entitled Zenobia found by Shepherds on the Banks of the Araxes.
The French artist portrayed his view upon one of the scenes of Dante Alighieri’s book “The Divine Comedy,” in which the author accompanied by the ancient Greek poet Virgil explore all of the realms of heaven, purgatory, and hell. This precious literary piece was concluded in 1320, after almost twenty years of work and inspired many artists of future generations to depicts their interpretation of the scenes. Dante was the first to bring an explicit description of the netherworld, giving consistency to the Christian idea of sin and divine punishment.
In Dante and Virgil in Hell, Bouguereau created a bold, dark, and dramatic scene in which Dante and Virgilio observe the eighth circle of hell. The two central figures illuminated in the forefront represent two damned souls in a violent battle: on the left Gianni Schicchi bites into the neck of Capocchio, while also jamming his knee into his opponent’s back. Schicchi was known to have committed an inheritance fraud using the name of a dead man, and Capocchio was an alchemist and a heretic. Bouguereau often studied anatomy by watching real corpse dissections, and he was able to demonstrate his vast knowledge with these powerful nude figures.
Dante and Virgilio are on the left side of the canvas in the shadows, and in front of them, a man lays on the ground in agony. The far background is very dark, and many nude men and women are pilling on top of each other in rage, anger, and pain. Almost centered on the sky, a demon with large bat-like wings hovers over the scene with his arms crossed and gleaming eyes. The sky is blood red and black, creating a terrifying scene.
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