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Dante and Beatrice

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Beatrice, the Italian poet Dante's beloved, serves as his guide through Paradise in his epic poem, The Divine Comedy (1321). The verses from the poem that Scheffer illustrates are written on the frame and translate as follows: "And, of a sudden, meseemed that day was added / unto day, as though...

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Inscription

Lower left: Arij Scheffer

Provenance

By 1851, commissioned by and sold to Charles C. Perkins, Boston; by 1921, by inheritance to the Perkins's heirs; 1921, sold by Perkins' heirs to the MFA for $1600. (Accession Date: June 2, 1921)

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

1851

Dimensions

180 x 99 cm (70 7/8 x 39 in.)

Accession Number

21.1283

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Collections

Europe

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