A Few Stages of Dante's Journey Thru

Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise


I came to myself in a dark wood

Abandon all hope, you who enter

With Beatrice in the Empyrean

Love which moves the Sun and other Stars



"Dante with the hors d'oeuvres"








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The work has inspired  many visual artists to offer illustrations over the years:

(Dante entering the Inferno with Virgil)

Hell, canto 3

(The inscription over the gate)

"Through me you pass into the city of woe:

Through me you pass into eternal pain:

Through me among the people lost for aye.

Justice the founder of my fabric moved:

To rear me was the task of Power divine,

Supremest Wisdom, and primeval Love.

Before me things create were none, save things

Eternal, and eternal I endure.

All hope abandon, ye who enter here.

Such characters, in color dim, I mark'd

Over a portal's lofty arch inscribed."



Blake       animals

Lucia carrying Dante in his sleep, by Blake 1824-27:



Botticelli - Drawing of Dante and Beatrice in the second planetary sphere of Paradise

Botticelli - Punishment of the Panderers, Flatterers


Botticelli - Map of the Inferno (the Abyss of Hell) - 1480/1490

Paradiso by M. Bernardino Daniello da Lucca (1568):



Gustave Doré:

Inferno c5 line 138

Paulo & Francesca 



Purgatorio 8,

Dream of the Eagle

Paradiso 29, Dante & Beatrice

The just souls form the shape of an Eagle





The host of myriad glowing souls in the second realm

(Paradiso, Canto 5.Line 103)


Dante sees the formation of a golden ladder

and souls descending from the steps

(Paradiso 21.28)

Beatrice Enthroned

(Paradiso, canto 31, line 67)


Dante & Beatrice by Odilon Redon


Dali, Paradiso

Canto 19

Canto 25



Canto 28


Canto 33

 It's called a Comedy not cos it's funny or full of jokes but  because it has a happy ending unlike a tragedy. Dante's work was originally titled simply Comedia. 'Divine, was added by Boccacio.







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Giovanni Pacini - Sinfonia Dante in D-Minor

4 movements - Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, Triumphant Return to Earth


Rodin Gates of Hell in brass

PS: "though she will always be my Beatrice/ I'm too weak to yield Dante's pen" - Page 17 of my book, 'Songs of Frustrated Lust & Seduction'

PPS: Dante Alighieri, born Florence c.1265, died 14th Sept.1321, aged 56, Ravenna, Italy. 14th Sept 2021 was the 700th Anniversary of Dante's death.

Dante's death mask

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PPPS: Not forgetting La Vita Nuova, poems & prose about Dante's love for Beatrice, translated into English by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

(Dante & Beatrice Painting: Henry Holiday, 1883)