Sandro Botticelli was a renaissance painter in Florence best known today for his works “The Birth of Venus” and “Primavera” (Spring). However he also created stunning works of art inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. Here are a few examples.
The topography of Dante’s Inferno is a series of ever smaller concentric circles in a funnel shape. The less serious sins are punished in the upper regions while the more serious sinners are in the lower regions. Satan resides at the very bottom of Inferno.
Dante and Virgil enter through The Gate of Hell
They are ferried across one of Hell’s three rivers.
Several Circles of Hell
You can see Botticelli’s rendering of the feet of corrupt popes sticking up through holes in the rock.
Dante and Virgil need to crawl up and across Satan in order to enter Purgatory.
Dante meets the Panderers and Flatterers in Hell