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Title

Purgatory, Canto XI: The proud , from the series Illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy

1988

Artist

Fiona Hall

Australia

1953 –

  • Details

    Date
    1988
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    Polaroid photograph
    Dimensions
    52.7 x 61.0 cm sight; 79.0 x 84.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1989
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    190.1989
    Copyright
    © Fiona Hall

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    Artist information
    Fiona Hall

    Works in the collection

    80

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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