In his Divine Comedy
, Dante’s guide through Heaven is Beatrice, the love of his life, who represents divine revelation and grace. Her triumphal carriage is drawn by a gryphon, and she is flanked by the four apostles and three nymphs in green, red and white. Blake uses bright colours and an inverse rainbow to depict Dante’s joy in this reconciliation with both Beatrice and divinity.
Because of the size and condition of the original work, 45 x 60 cm is the largest size option we are able to offer.
Beatrice Addressing Dante from the Car
Original: Ink and watercolour on paper 37.2 x 52.7 cm Tate. Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the National Gallery and donations from the Art Fund, Lord Duveen and others, and presented through the Art Fund 1919
William Blake (1757 – 1827) was an English poet and artist. Blake trained as an engraver and had a career in etching, engraving and illustration. Although he exhibited his watercolours at the Royal Academy, from 1780 he railed against academic art, insisting instead on individual inspiration. His own style was influenced by Gothic sculpture and Michelangelo’s figures. Although he received little public recognition in his lifetime, he has since been hailed as one of Britain’s greatest artists, and celebrated for his anti-slavery and pro-equality views.