Dante and Beatrice

1851
Ary Scheffer (Dutch (active in France), 1795–1858)


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

21.1283

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

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 he who hath the power, / had adorned heaven with a second sun. Beatrice was standing with her eyes all fixed / upon the eternal wheels, and I fixed my sight / removed from there above, on her.”

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