Of Doré’s literary series, few enjoyed as great a success as his Commedia illustrations. Characterized by an eclectic mix of Michelangelesque nudes, northern traditions of sublime landscape, and elements of popular culture, Doré’s Dante illustrations were considered among his crowning achievements– a perfect match of the artist’s skill and the poet’s vivid visual imagination. As one critic wrote in 1861 upon publication of the illustrated Inferno: “we are inclined to believe that the conception and the interpretation come from the same source, that Dante and Gustave Doré are communicating by occult and solemn conversations the secret of this Hell plowed by their souls, traveled, explored by them in every sense.”
Aida Audeh Associate Professor of Art History, Hamline University
Henri Daniel Plattel, Copper-engraver in dispute with lithography, (c) 1850.
In the early days of lithography there often arose technical, stylistic and ideological disagreements between the representatives of the ancient arts of engraving and etching, and lithographers. I know some douche bag printers that still fight like this, hair-pulling and everything. Print is print. Get the fuck over it. Incidentally, that is a lithographer getting set to pummel the etcher….of course.
These “mammatus clouds” were photographed above Hastings, Nebraska, after a destructive thunderstorm in May 2005. Although their formation is not completely understood, these rare clouds usually develop at the base of a thunderstorm, and appear lumpy because of instabilities and temperature differences between sinking and rising air.
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