Thursday, August 12, 2004

Dante's Los Angeles

Canto XXVI, 31-33: Above the Eighth Circle, by Sandow Birk

S. California born artist Sandow Birk has rewritten and illustrated Dante's Inferno, setting it in today's Los Angeles. No small task, he has produced remarkable results. Compare the above with the Gustave Doré original.

Dante and Virgil Confront the Minotaur, 2003 by Sandow Birk

Birk has also created large, oil and acrylic paintings inspired by Dante. Compare the above to the original Doré version.

Trillium Press published 100 copies of the book, including more than 60 lithographs. Each copy cost $3,000. A less expensive edition will be published later this year. Click to learn more about the book.

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