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Title

Purgatory, Canto XVI: The wrathful, from the series Illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy


Artist

Fiona Hall

Australia

1953 -


About

This photograph from the late 1980s is from a series of twelve Polaroid photographs relating directly to Dante's 'Divine Comedy'. Each work is a carefully constructed scene illustrating a particular canto. Technically the artist has made the most of the cumbersome 20 x 40 inch Polaroid camera, using it to render exquisite detail and to capture subtle colour. She cuts and moulds aluminium soft-drink cans to form menacing vegetation, human figures, creatures from beyond the grave, on the journey through Hell and Purgatory to Paradise. Hall photographs them amongst found objects set against backgrounds which she has painted.


Details


Date

1988


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

Polaroid photograph


Dimensions

51.8 x 60.9 cm sight; 79.0 x 84.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1989


Location

Not on display


Accession number

191.1989


Artist information

Fiona Hall

Works in the collection

80


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Deborah Edwards, Daphne Wallace, Margo Neale, Victoria Lynn and Sandra Byron, Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Women Artists in the Contemporary Collection, Sydney, 1995, 15, 21.