[Milton-L] PL illustrated by Salvador Dali

Wittreich, Joseph JWittreich at gc.cuny.edu
Sun Apr 27 12:44:09 EDT 2014

I associate these illustrations with my Italian experience.  First saw them in Venice in the late 1990s, then again in Rome, in early September, 2001.  The "originals" (so many claim to have them) are each the size of a card table surface.  I was told they were kept in storage in Switzerland, but could arrange to see them the second time at a scheduled exhibition in Rome.  I made the arrangements  through the Dali Foundation in Milano.

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>The illustrations were commissioned as part of the 1974 global commemorations of the tercentenary of Milton’s death.

So, wow, this _was_ a miracle! Dali handed it in . . .  in time! They were luckier than the Italian Government, who in the 1950s asked him to illustrate the Divine Comedy within 1965, the (officially supposed) 700th anniversary of the Poet's birth, and, well . . .

P.S. Hi Joseph, glad to hear from you back!

il Tassista / the Tasso Driver

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