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Inspired by the first part of 14th century Italian poet Dante Alighieri's epic masterpiece The Divine Comedy, this painting 'Inferno' depicts the moment when Dante and his guide Virgil reach the deepest circle of Hell and first lay their eyes upon Lucifer.
I found the entire poem incredibly inspiring as an artist, and there are so many scenes and moments I would love to paint. The final few moments of Inferno are incredibly powerful and the author's description of Lucifer so vivid and iconic that I just had to paint it.
Despite the title 'Inferno', Dante describes the deepest circle of Hell as icy and desolate, and this is really the driving force behind this painting.
This was quite an ambitious painting for me, and I really felt like I had to do the source material justice. Hopefully I've created a piece that captures the scale of the moment, the desolation and foreboding nature of the setting, and the indescribable fear that the protagonists feel as the stand before Lucifer.
Acrylic and Watercolour