Sandro used parchment paper for this drawing. He illustrates “hoelle im 18. Gesang der goettlichen komoedie” from Dante Alighieri (was created approx. 1307-1321) in 1481/82. Dante and his accomplice Vergil are easily visible by the devised use of colourful garments. At the top left of the drawing, Dante and Vergil encounter the mystical figure of Geryon. They wander alongside each other past two of the ten graves of the 8th “hell circle” (8. Hoellenkreises). Then they wander, so to speak, alongside two of the 10 trenches of the eighth circle of hell, perceiving with fear the flagellation and torture that await the sinner’s souls in these two trenches.
Seducers and pimps are chased through the upper trenches, beaten from the pig and dog headed winged devils on their feet, claws and talons. In the lower trenches, prostitutes and flatterers roll around in poignant faeces.
ART@Berlin: Drawing Dantes Göttliche Komödie Sandro Botticelli