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Dante Adoring Christ   1824-27
pen, ink and watercolour over pencil and black chalk (NGV 35)
Felton Bequest, 1920
National Gallery of Victoria

Paradiso XIV, 97-111. This is the first of Blake's illustrations to Paradiso. Dante is shown before the vision of Christ. In the text the vision starts as one of the Cross itself, from which Christ glows out, but Blake omits the Cross, merely showing Christ in the position of the Crucified. Blake also omits the figure of Beatrice, possibly to show Dante worshipping Christ without the intervention of the church.

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