Art The Divine Comedy illustrated by Maru Ceballos
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The Divine Comedy illustrated by Maru Ceballos

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Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
ché la diritta via era smarrita.

Argentine artist Maru Ceballos has created a series of illustrations based on the Divine Comedy, the work par excellence of the Florentine poet Dante Alighieri, which tells the tormented journey of Dante through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.

Her illustrations became famous for their horror style and, in fact, Maru Ceballos represented the Divine Comedy in this way. All the drawings are made in black and white with some colored details including circles that indicate the high points of the symbolism and that determine the understanding of the song.

The hell is reproduced in a very chaotic way, with big holes and the red color that reminds a lot of the scenario described by the author. Purgatory, on the other hand, depicted as a mountain to climb to reach Paradise, is described with black and white illustrations with yellow details. In Paradise, the characters are in the cosmos, the different skies, and planets representing their different symbology and mythology.

From Hell to Paradise there is a path of simplification of the scenarios until you reach the most absolute abstraction in the last song.

All this is related to the maps of each of the stadiums (Hell, Purgatory, Paradise). Maru Ceballos wanted to make the work as accessible as possible to all, translating it into a way that can help more people understand it and discover its beauty. The series of illustrations was used as promotional art by the Mitre Museum in Argentina for the exhibition “Los Círculos Del Dante“.

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