“Paolo & Francesca” artworks inspired by Dante...

Amos Cassioli (1838-1891)
Paolo & Francesca

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
Fugit Amor, marble (1887)

Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)
Paolo & Francesca (1851)

Anselm Feuerbach

And she to me: “There is no greater sorrow
than thinking back upon a happy time
in misery— and this your teacher knows.

Yet if you long so much to understand
the first root of our love, then I shall tell
my tale to you as one who weeps and speaks.

One day, to pass the time away, we read
of Lancelot— how love had overcome him.
We were alone, and we suspected nothing.

And time and time again that reading led
our eyes to meet, and made our faces pale,
and yet one point alone defeated us.

When we had read how the desired smile
was kissed by one who was so true a lover,
this one, who never shall be parted from me,

while all his body trembled, kissed my mouth.
A Gallehault indeed, that book and he
who wrote it, too; that day we read no more.”

    — Dante, InfernoV.121-138
         translated by Allen Mandelbaum

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Marie-Philippe Coupin de la Couperie (1773-1851)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)

Gustave Doré (1833-1883)
“Love led the two of us unto one death.”
Dante, Inferno V.108

Jean A. D. Ingres (1780-1867)
“that day we read no more.”
Dante, Inferno V.138

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