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February 21
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Less than human (Settimo cerchio) by Marie-Esther Less than human (Settimo cerchio) by Marie-Esther
Watercolours on rough paper, size
Reference picture…  by the awesome :icondream-traveler:

Inspired by Dante and the illustrations of Gustave Dorè, again. 
This time it's Canto XIII of Inferno, where Dante and Virgil find themselves in the Seventh Circle.

The Seventh Circle houses the Violents. Its entry is guarded by the Minotaur and it is divided into three rings: in this painting I represented the middle ring.  
In this ring are suicides and profligates. The suicides – the violent against self – are transformed into gnarled thorny bushes and trees and then fed upon by Harpies. Dante breaks a twig off one of the bushes and from the broken, bleeding branch hears the tale of Pier delle Vigne, who committed suicide after falling out of favour with Emperor Frederick II. 
The trees are a metaphor for the state of mind in which suicide is committed. Dante learns that these suicides, unique among the dead, will not be corporally resurrected after the final judgement since they gave away their bodies through suicide; instead they will maintain their bushy form, with their own corpses hanging from the thorny limbs.
Their punishment is decided by Dante out of analogy: considering they willingly gave up on their human form when alive, they are bound to be transformed into trees, a second-rate form of life, after death. 

"Must have died a thousand times

Feeling less than human
I surmise

I'm less than human in God's eyes"

Less than human - The Chameleons…

For more of my drawings feel free to add me on facebook I don't own a FB Art page, but I basically use my account as one :)

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Wonderful imagery set in your interpretation of Dante's work - The Inferno is a personal favorite of mine, and I really enjoy what you've done with it. The contrast in hues do well to convey a "dark" imagery as well as compliment your work done with the subject's face and many hands littering the page. The composition of everything in the piece - from the subject, to the hands, to the flowers, and to the butterflies about - all do well to let me know that you're a creative and talented artist whose already wonderful skill will develop with time. This piece makes me feel, something that most aren't able to do. Keep up the good work. :thumbsup:
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CEZacherl Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hauntingly beautiful...

Wonderful inspirations distilled down to a disturbingly gentle piece. I can't say enough how affecting this is.
theforestishaunted Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Wow, such a beautiful & poetic piece! I really like the muted cold color scheme here, and the fact that the girl's eyes are dark and hollow, it kind of adds on to the melancholy.
Arjo62 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Molto bello,hai dato vita ad una fotografia un po' spenta!:)
CosmicKat Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Artist
CloverFlowers Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazingly well done, very beautiful~
Macxine Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
so beautiful!!!!!!
Kirie300 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Filmographer
Really striking and haunting image. Beautiful color scheme.
Fabiano777 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Questo non l'avevo mai visto!
Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
L'ho postato su facebook prima di quello di Mariola patato! Prova a controllare se lo vedi!
Fabiano777 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ho controllato... e l'ho piaciuto! :)
Chissà perchè mi era sfuggito...
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