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Gustave Doré
Paradiso, Canto 34, 1868 — Gustave Doré,

Paradiso, Canto 34

Gustave Doré, 1868

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This is the final work in a series of wood engravings created to illustrate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Gustav Doré published this image in 1868 in a volume which contained both the second and third parts of Dante's poem, the Purgatorio, and the Paradiso, which this image comes from. This series of images is perhaps the most famous of Doré's artwork, and it is closely associated with the poem it represents, having been published time and time again. It depicts Dante and his true love, the late Beatrice, standing in the empyrean gazing into the celestial rose, which is to say the throng of angels and the saints from all periods of history. God lies beyond the rose in the emanating point of light at the center.

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