Beatrice
Odilon Redon
Beatrice
Odilon Redon (French, Symbolism, 1840–1916): Beatrice, 1885. Pastel over charcoal on paper, 34.5 x 30 cm. Private Collection.



"Beatrice was the principal inspiration for Dante's Vita Nuova, and also appears as his guide in the Divine Comedy (La Divina Commedia) in the last book, Paradiso, and in the last four canti of Purgatorio. There she takes over as guide from the Latin poet Virgil because, as a pagan, Virgil cannot enter Paradise and because, being the incarnation of beatific love, as her name implies, it is Beatrice Portinari who leads into the Beatific vision."



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