Saturday, October 11, 2014
I wanted to talk about this picture of Minos, adjudicator of the damned, in class but I was worried about time constraints. I found this piece interesting because Doré portrays Minos as mostly human. In Dante's Inferno, Minos is both grotesque an beastly. The one characteristic of Minos that Doré decides to keep is the coiling tail, which wraps around Minos a certain number of times to symbolize the level of Hell in which they belong. Doré also shows some kind of light to be illuminating the figure of Minos. I think Doré depicted the image of Minos under this light to emphasize his importance in Hell, as the judge of each sinner in the line, which extends into the darkness in the background.