Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante

This extraordinary painting depicts 103 figures from world history in striking detail. It’s an oil painting, and the three artists are hidden on the picture. Click to enlarge and read more below.


Internet detectives have identified these three as little-known Chinese/Taiwanese artists named as Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An. They created the oil painting – titled Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante – in 2006, although it only became an internet hit later on.

Alastair Sooke, art writer at The Daily Telegraph, said that the work reflected a trend of contemporary Chinese artists adopting Western styles and subjects.

“But the Dante reference makes us wonder whether we are looking at some nether-circle deep inside the Inferno: this is a vision of Celebrity Hell,” he added.

via The Telegraph

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