William Blake The Laborious Passage along the Rocks 1824–7

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William Blake 1757–1827
The Laborious Passage along the Rocks
Date 1824–7
Medium Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 373 x 527 mm
Acquisition Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the National Gallery and donations from the Art Fund, Lord Duveen and others, and presented through the the Art Fund 1919
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This is an illustration to the part of Dante's Divine Comedy dealing with the Inferno: Hell. The poet Virgil, seen standing just to the left of centre, is guiding Dante through Hell, which consists of successive circles, each containing different categories of sinners. Here Virgil is helping Dante climb up the massive boulders separating the pit of hypocrites from the pit of thieves.

February 2004

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