Dante's Inferno, suicides and the Harpies
Dante's Inferno. Canto XIII, line 11: 'Here [suicide tree] the brute Harpies make their nest' (at right: Dante and Virgil). Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) wrote his epic poem 'Divina Commedia' (The Divine Comedy) between 1308 and his death in 1321. Totalling 14, 233 lines, and divided into three parts (Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso), it is considered the greatest literary work in the Italian language and a world masterpiece. It is a comprehensive survey of medieval theology, literature and thought. Artwork by French artist Gustave Dore (1832-1883); engraving from 'The Vision of Hell' (1868), Henry Francis Cary's English translation of the Inferno.
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Bonsai dwarf pine, 1889
Bonsai dwarf pine, 19th-century artwork. This specimen is from Japan, and is 150 years old. Bonsai is the art of cultivating ornamental artificially-dwarfed varieties of trees. Pine trees allowed to grow naturally can reach heights of over 20 metres. Artwork from the 4th volume (second period of 1889) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.
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Weligama, Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, Southern Asia
Weligama, Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, Southern Asia. Smoke penetrates through tree branches at a religious celebration.
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