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Dante and Virgil

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Corot took his subject from the first canto of Dante's Inferno, when the Italian poet encounters three savage beasts deep in a forest. Dante then meets the ancient poet Virgil, who offers to be his guide through Purgatory and Hell. Corot presented this painting at the Salon of 1859....

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Inscription

Lower right: C. COROT

Provenance

May 26-28, 1875, posthumous Corot sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 149, to Alexis-Eugène Détrimont (b. 1825), Paris, for 15,000 fr., for Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston; 1875, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 10, 1875)

Credit Line

Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw

1859

Dimensions

260.4 x 170.5 cm (102 1/2 x 67 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

75.2

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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Europe

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