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The Circle of the Lustful. Paolo and Francesca

The Circle of the Lustful. Paolo and Francesca
1826-1827; printed 1968
illustration to The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Inferno V, 37-138)

engraving on Japanese paper
24.3 × 33.6 cm (image) 27.8 × 35.2 cm (plate) 38.5 × 45.8 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
London, England
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Bindman 1978, 647; Butlin & Gott 50a.ii
ed. 21/25, 4th of 4 states
printed (in reverse) in ink in plate l.r.: The Whirlwind of Lovers From Dante's Inferno Canto V
inscribed in pencil l.r.: A restrike from the copper plate in my collection / August 1968 / Lessing J Rosenwald
inscribed in pencil l.r.: 21/25 Hoehn imp 68
Accession Number
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Lessing J. Rosenwald, 1968
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Human Figures Literary and Text Religion and Mythology
Subjects (specific)
adultery Divine Comedy, The (narrative poem, Dante, ca. 1308-1321) lovers lust nudes (representations) punishing souls spirals (geometric figures)
Romanticism (modern European styles)