DANTE’S INFERNO – Mondadori 2012

Barbieri’s reinterpretation of the main characters and extraordinary places that feature in the Divine Comedy’s Inferno is defined by his sculptural and sensual style.

The illustrator’s Renaissance-like strokes depict with incandescent colours the carnal, mortal and transfigured humanity of Dante’s masterpiece. From Charon to Paolo and Francesca, from Cleopatra to Count Ugolino, from the Inferno’s gates to the walls of Dis, no one or nothing is spared the true account of the story. Every scene, which includes the three line stanza that inspired it, portrays a gruesome and often moving vision of the circles of hell and of the damned souls, their lives and the demons who watch their eternal torment.

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