Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy is not an easy read. Ironically, he wrote it as an easy read for the common man to enjoy, or to say, it wasn’t written in Latin. He started writing it in 1308 and completed it in 1320. A year later he died.
Consisting of 3 parts (Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso) most people read Inferno and stop there, but the story gets so interesting, it is a shame not to read all three. Biblical references mixed with Mythology make an interesting combo in this serious content.
So, what does all this have to do with Salvador Dali?
This exhibit contains Dali’s full series of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Each of the lithographs presented required as many as 35 colors. The exhibition includes 101 pieces.
Understanding this exhibit is so very effortless. Honestly, I have never learned so much from an art exhibit in my life, and I have seen many.
First, you watch 3 short yet EXTREMELY informative videos on each part of The Divine Comedy. It takes a total of about 20 minutes. You come out feeling like a Master as you approach the artwork.
The pieces line up in order of the manuscript. You get to follow Dante in his ascent from Hell all the way through Paradise.
It is simply beautiful. Undeniably Dali, but perhaps a little tamer than some of his other works. The colors are a perfect fit for each scene and the details – tiny dots, hair, flowing garments – impeccable. Now here is the most interesting part. Most of the works are woodcut. This means he carved each scene into a piece of wood, hand painted the carvings and had paper pressed to it. It was, to say the least, a meticulous process. Somehow the knowledge of this makes him even more brilliant than you thought right before gaining this knowledge.
If you don’t go see this, you are missing out on something really special. It is $8 well spent.
October 21, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 5pm
(closed Mondays and major holidays)
$8 for adults, $5 for seniors/students
Children 12 and under are FREE.
201 West Main Street
Arlington, Texas 76010
NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED