Gustave Doré: Paolo and Francesca da Rimini, 1863.
In the 1850s, Doré created a series of illustrations to Dante’s Commedia. As far as I know, the first edition with these illustrations was printed 1857. A few of these illustrations he afterwards used as cartoons for paintings. This one is based on the illustration to Canto V 73–75. Note that the main figures are mirrored, but the background is not.
This monumental piece—nearly three by two meters—was first exhibited in 1863, twice. It seems that the Doré Gallery in London bought it in 1870. It remained there for 22 years, though it traveled to Paris for an exhibition in 1885. In 1892 it was exhibited at the Carnegie Hall in New York, and it seems that it remained in the USA. It was sold in 1947, then in 1989 at Sotheby’s New York. It was offered again at Sotheby’s London in 2009, with an estimate of a quarter million pounds, but not sold.
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