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Inferno V by cabepfir Inferno V by cabepfir
Noi leggiavamo un giorno per diletto
di Lancialotto come amor lo strinse:
soli eravamo e sanza alcun sospetto.
Per più fïate li occhi ci sospinse
quella lettura, e scolorocci il viso;
ma solo un punto fu quel che ci vinse.
(Dante, Inferno V, vv. 127-132)

This composition was inspired by a frame of Nicholas Nickleby [link] , where Nicholas and Smike are sitten on the same bench and Nicholas read The Pilgrim's Progress to the poor boy who gaze at him both frightened and astonished.
I immediately thought their pose could be easily adapted to a couple, and since I was correcting homeworks about the Divine Comedy at that time, my choice naturally fell upon Paolo and Francesca.
From the movie's frame I kept the pose and the XIX cent. fashion. I believe it matches very well with Paolo and Francesca's story, for Dante's revival started rightly in the middle of Romantic research for our literary origins. Moreover Inferno V was particularly beloved by XIX c. painters, such as Ingres [link] , Dyce [link] , and most of all Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who represented this scene many times [link] , [link] etc.

So you may also consider my characters as two '800 people who are reading not the Romance of Lancelot, but the Divine Comedy itself and are themselves moved to adultery by Paolo and Francesca's tale (it would be metaliterary enough for my taste).

In this scene, while Paolo is still reading and unaware, Francesca suddenly realizes the sentiment the page is making her feel for the man.

Acrylics on Clairefontaine Etival. Drawn and coloured in less than 24 hours, without colour basis. Maybe I should have kept a brownish atmosphere for it all, but oh well.
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FatherStone Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
Mi piacciono molto gli spigoli sul volto di lei. Bellissimi colori, come sempre.
martinacecilia Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Y___Y galeotto fu il libro e chi lo scrisse, quel giorno piu' non vi leggemmo avanteee! (e' cosi', vero? cavoli, sapevo l'intero canto a memoria, ora non ricordo che spezzoni!)
come mi piaceee! per altro lui ha un viso bellissimo! mi sono innamorata del suo mento stile hercules! XD
bellissimo acrilico. sisi.
cabepfir Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Grazie, gentilissima :hug:
Ormai i menti li disegno solo così, con la squadretta XD
Nonostante tutto è stato un disegno facile. Anche se lo schizzo è completamente diverso (proprio!).
GOTYCKI Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
cabepfir Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! :)
staatsf Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
very nice!
cabepfir Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :)
Verlisaerys Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful colouring!
cabepfir Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
many thanks!
Bodach Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Great! I love Victorian based art!

The faces factions are terribly angled, it's a change of style?
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