picture courtesy of Colombia University
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Giancotto Discovers Paolo and Francesca
So far, we've seen a lot of paintings of souls that have already been damned. After all, that part of the sinner's lives is a primary interest of Dante in the Inferno. In doing so, however, we're neglecting the earthly stories of the sinners. I found a painting from 1819 by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres of Francesca an Paolo being "caught in the act," so to speak. Here it is:
Notice Giancotto in the background about to kill the two lovers. Also notice Giancotto's awesome hair. Gotta love the hair.