Dante's Inferno - Accosted on the River Styx by Gustave Dore Print

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Seller: studio_noire (358) 100%, Location: Calgary, Alberta, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 222384702317 'Inferno - Canto VIII - The River Styx' by Gustave Dore - EngravingHIGH QUALITY FINE ART PRINT Paper Size 8 1/2 x 11 - Image Size 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 (Larger sizes are available upon request) All poster-prints are printed on high quality heavy weight matte finish paper and packaged with foamcore in protective plastic sleeves, ready for display or framing for wall art. Dante's Infero, Canto VIII vividly portrayed by the engraving of Gustave Dore - as Virgil and Dante cross the River Styx, the wrathful fight each other on the surface, and the sullen lie gurgling beneath the water, withdrawn "into a black sulkiness which can find no joy in God or man or the universe". Phlegyas reluctantly transports them across the Styx on his skiff. On the way they are accosted by Filippo Argenti, a Black Guelph from a prominent family. When Dante was forced to leave Florence, Argenti took all his property. When Dante responds "In weeping and in grieving, accursed spirit, may you long remain," Virgil blesses him. Literally, this reflects the fact that souls in Hell are eternally fixed in the state they have chosen, but allegorically, it reflects Dante's beginning awareness of his own sin. Just as Argenti seized Dante's property, he himself is "seized" by all the other wrathful souls. While we were running through the dead channel, one rose up in front of me, covered with mud, and said: ‘Who are you, that come before your time?’ And I to him: ‘If I come, I do not stay here: but who are you, who are so mired?’ He answered: ‘You see that I am one who weeps.’ And I to him: ‘Cursed spirit, remain weeping and in sorrow! For I know you, muddy as you are.’ Then he stretched both hands out to the boat, at which the cautious Master pushed him off, saying: ‘Away, there, with the other dogs!’ Then he put his arms around my neck, kissed my face, and said: ‘Blessed be she who bore you, soul, who are rightly indignant. He was an arrogant spirit in your world: there is nothing good with which to adorn his memory: so, his furious shade is here. How many up there think themselves mighty kings, that will lie here like pigs in mire, leaving behind them dire condemnation!’ And I: ‘Master, I would be glad to see him doused in this swill before we quit the lake’. And he to me: ‘You will be satisfied, before the shore is visible to you: it is right that your wish should be gratified.’ Not long after this I saw the muddy people make such a rending of him, that I still give God thanks and praise for it. All shouted: ‘At Filippo Argenti!’ That fierce Florentine spirit turned his teeth in vengeance on himself. Vividly illustrated in his Engraving, Dore portrayed the Inferno as well as many other occult and mystic books, such as Paradise Lost, Purgatory and Paradise. Condition: Perfect - Brand New Print in Sleeve ready for framing., Size Type/Largest Dimension: Small (Up to 14in.), Style: Engraving, Listed By: Dealer or Reseller, Date of Creation: 1800-1899, Subject: The Macabre and the Occult, Original/Reproduction: Artwork Reproduction

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