Canto VI: Circle Three, The Gluttons, from the series Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno

By Robert Rauschenberg SKU:304326

Robert Rauschenberg's "Canto VI: Circle Three, The Gluttons" is a compelling piece from his "Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno" series, painted in 1958. It vividly depicts the third circle of hell, where gluttonous souls are punished. The painting's visceral portrayal, blending abstract forms and expressive brushwork, captures the grotesque consequences of excessive indulgence. Rauschenberg's ability to translate Dante's themes into visual art, coupled with his innovative techniques, makes this painting remarkable. It invites viewers to confront human frailty and compels contemplation on the consequences of unchecked consumption.

50 cm

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Title: Rauschenberg’s “”Canto VI: The Gluttons”” – A Feast of Desires

Year Painted: 1958

In 1958, Robert Rauschenberg crafted an arresting visual narrative in “”Canto VI: Circle Three, The Gluttons,”” part of his celebrated series “”Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno.”” This masterpiece delves into the third circle of Dante’s infernal realms, where insatiable gluttons suffer eternal torment.

Rauschenberg’s artistic prowess shines through his depiction of this grotesque and compelling realm. The painting encapsulates the consequences of indulgence, portraying the gluttonous souls in a state of torment amid abstract forms and expressive brushstrokes. This visceral imagery resonates with the viewer, drawing them into the chaotic and harrowing world of Dante’s narrative.

What sets “”Canto VI: The Gluttons”” apart is Rauschenberg’s innovative fusion of art and literature. The painting becomes a bridge between centuries, as Rauschenberg translates Dante’s themes of excess and desire into a visual language that speaks directly to modern sensibilities. His ability to capture profound concepts through his brushwork is a testament to his artistic vision.

The year 1958 marked a transformative phase in Rauschenberg’s career, where he embraced mixed media techniques and bold narrative exploration. This painting serves as a prime example of his mastery in blending abstraction with symbolism, creating a multisensory experience that engages both the eyes and the mind.

“”Canto VI: The Gluttons”” invites viewers to reflect on the consequences of unchecked desires and indulgence. The painting’s symbolism goes beyond its immediate visual impact, urging contemplation on the broader implications of excess in contemporary society. Rauschenberg’s brushwork is not merely a portrayal of suffering; it becomes a mirror that reflects human vulnerabilities and prompts introspection.

As we stand before this painting, we witness Rauschenberg’s artistic alchemy—the transformation of literary themes into visual narratives that transcend time and space. “”Canto VI: The Gluttons”” remains a beacon of his ability to fuse tradition and innovation, inviting us to confront our own appetites and consider the universal lessons embedded in Dante’s enduring poem.

Original size:
29.2 x 36.5 cm (width x height)
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Maximum order width:
122 cm

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