Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Botticelli’s Drawings for Paradiso by Dante Alighieri

The illustrations shown in this post are most of those drawn for the final book of the Divine Comedy.  As befits their subject, Paradiso, they’re the most simple of Botticelli’s designs for this great book (and by great book I mean both Dante's text and the singular volume that Sandro and his collaborator, Niccolò, made for their patron, Lorenzo de’ Medici.)  In the poem, and likewise the pictures, Dante is led by Beatrice through the nine concentric spheres of Heaven: the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Fixed Stars, and the Primum Mobile, and finally beyond to the Empyrean, the immaterial abode of God.

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