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Salvador Dalí's illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy are absolutely beautiful

Illustration for article titled Salvador Dalís illustrations for Dantes emDivine Comedy/em are absolutely beautiful

Many artists have illustrated Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy since it was penned at the beginning of the 14th century — but few people realize that Salvador Dalí was one of them.

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Over on Open Culture, Dan Colman describes how the legendary Spanish surrealist was approached by the Italian government in the 1950s to produce a series of pieces to accompany Dante's epic poem. When Dalí finally finished, he had produced a total of 100 stunning watercolor illustrations.

Hi-resolution copies of the images, not to mention print editions, are hard to come by — but you can browse all 100 of the illustrations here (albeit at varying levels of detail). Included below are a few selections from Inferno that we found particularly striking. (The top image is Illustration No. 21 from Inferno, and is titled Fraud.)

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Illustration for article titled Salvador Dalís illustrations for Dantes emDivine Comedy/em are absolutely beautiful

From Inferno, illustration No. 1: The Delightful Mount

Illustration for article titled Salvador Dalís illustrations for Dantes emDivine Comedy/em are absolutely beautiful
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From Inferno, Illustration No. 6: Cerberus

Illustration for article titled Salvador Dalís illustrations for Dantes emDivine Comedy/em are absolutely beautiful
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From Inferno, Illustration No. 13: Wood of Suicides

[LOCKPORT STREET GALLERY via Open Culture]

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The only thing that interests me about Dali was his mustache.