Filippo Napoletano, Dante and Virgil in the Underworld

Private collection

Date: c. 1622
Technique: Oil on slate, oval 44 x 60 cm

The subject of the painting, depicting odd skeletal creatures, is inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy, in which the author describes his visit to the underworld with Virgil. Two standard features of Dante's Hell are included: Charon's boat, and Cerberus, the three-headed dog who guards the underworld. The huge arched structure is based on the ruins of the Basilica of Maxentius, making it likely that the picture was painted in Rome.


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