Dante at the Moment of Entering the Fire 1824-27
pen, ink and watercolour over black chalk and pencil (NGV 33)
Felton Bequest, 1920
National Gallery of Victoria
Purgatorio XXVII, 46-8. Virgil has just entered the flames and has asked Statius to follow Dante in third place rather than coming second. The angel hovers above. As in the previous design the colours are now richer than in the earlier depictions of Purgatorio.