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Description of the painting by Gustav Dore “Dante and Vergel on the ice of Lake Kocid”


Gustave Dore is a famous French artist of the 19th century. The admiration for the 15th century poem of Dante was so great that Dore decided to illustrate the work. Gustave reproduced his work on Dante in the period from 1861-1868. He is the only one of the artists who decided to take up the illustration of such a volume, taking the costs for himself. Dore's work on Dante’s work was a masterpiece. The artist masterfully conveyed the supernatural mood of the work. Spectacular composition and lighting, not containing a single gram of theatricality. Dora managed to present to the audience the hellish horror that Dante described.

The artist describes a circle of hell for traitors and traitors, a still and cold lake of death. Dore perfectly portrayed the gloomy and cold brilliance of Lake Kocid, which holds frozen sinners in its captivity. Incredibly accurate and emotional, Gustave portrayed the cold prisoners of vice who were already dead during their lifetime. Ice bound the traitors and traitors to the motherland, relatives, friends, trusted. The artist possessed the ingenious ability of instant improvisation.

The unearthly atmosphere, gloomy and obscure clouds, the steel luster of a frozen lake are strikingly reflected in the picture. Gustave's work makes a strong impression on the viewer. The creator of "Dante and Vergel on the ice of Lake Kocid" does not fully follow the poet's vision. This can be seen if you read a fragment of the work and compare it with the image.

In the picture, Dore reflected his personal view of the work and interpreted his understanding of the poem with the help of the image. Thanks to this presentation, the picture acquires an independent value. Gustave Dore with his work involuntarily puts the viewer in the place of the main character, brilliantly reflecting the nature of the work. Dore's work caused a storm of emotions and discussion among the public.





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