- Canto I: The Dark Wood of Error, from the series Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante's Inferno, 1958
- Robert Rauschenberg
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- Original: Solvent transfer with gouache, wash, pencil, and watercolor on paper 56.5 x 47.6 cm The Museum of Modern Art, Given anonymously © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Beginning in 1958, Rauschenberg embarked on a series of illustrations representing each canto of Dante’s Inferno, a series that would take him two and a half years to complete. He used a technique of his own invention: using lighter fluid to make transfers of pictures clipped from magazines, then drawing over the shadowy image with pencil and watercolour. This work represents the dark wood where Dante first encounters Virgil, his guide for the descent into hell.
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