Building Hell: A New Way to Study

Looking down on all of Hell!

Looking down on all of Hell!

 This ends the umpty-umth time I’ve been involved in building Dante’s Inferno as a class activity.  My Sophomore Dynasty at Narnia tonight managed to bring togehter a nearly complete sculptural rendering of the first part of the Commedia.  I will now provide pictures.  They are a rough cut, and that means it’s essential to ignore the incrediby messy background.  So, here it is. 

Dig the Dante in the Lobby!

Dig the Dante in the Lobby!

Here is the lobby and the first circle combined.  That’s Limbo in the background with all the trees.

Here sit's Minos at the entry at the circle of the Carnal.

Here sit’s Minos at the entry at the circle of the Carnal.

Notice the big fan blades that symbolize the wind that blows the lusty.  The couple tied together are Francesca and Paulo (poor little things).

The world's cutest Cerberus

The world’s cutest Cerberus

Here lie the gluttonous guarded by the legendary three-headed dog. 

Check out the allusion to a current celebrity.

Check out the allusion to a current celebrity.

That’s right!  The guy with the hair is Donald Trump.

The Wrathful and the Gloomy

The Wrathful and the Gloomy

They are SO TINY and so detailed.  Try to make out the teeny, tiny angry guy trying to get in the boat.

The City of DIs

The City of DIs

Look how they made the DUCT TAPE work.  Now, that’s something that could surprise a reader.

The River Phlegathon!

The River Phlegathon!

The Minotaur is SO GOOD!  Here he stands on the shore of the river of blood guarding those violent against others.

The Suicide Wood

The Suicide Wood

In this rendition, those who are violent against themselves are extra silvery.

The Brimstone Expance

The Brimstone Expance

It would look much bigger if that one figure didn’t have such a BIG HEAD.

Geryon at the First Bolgia

Geryon at the First Bolgia

The eighth circle shows the most charming little demon whipping one of the seducers. 

The second bolgia

The second bolgia

Here the flatterers suffer in some technicolor caca.

The Third Bolgio

The Third Bolgia

The simonists have their feet on fire and are stuck down head first.

The Fourth Bolgia

The Fourth Bolgia

Here the diviners run with their heads twisted backwards.

The Fifth Bolgia.

The Fifth Bolgia.

Here the image does not do justice to the tiny Malebranche torturing the corrupt politicians.

The Sixth Bolgia

The Sixth Bolgia

Here the hippocrite stumble covered in gold looking coats made of lead.

The Seventh Bolgia

The Seventh Bolgia

The theives are tortured with SNAKES!  Why’d it have to be snakes?

The Eighth Bolgia

The Eighth Bolgia

Here the evil councilors are trapped in tongues of flame.

The Ninth Bolgia

The Ninth Bolgia

One of the schismatics is forced to carry his head around under his arm.  Tisk.

The Tenth Bolgia

The Tenth Bolgia

This counterfieter or forger or alchemist has a terrible skin condition.

The Last Circle

The Last Circle

“Lo, Dis.”  Yep.  There he stands, the King Demon himself gorging eternally on Judas, Cassius, and Brutus.  Who are those little elves standing so near?

One last look!

One last look!

Looking up, it has an impressive charisma all its own.  Thank you, Peeps!  You did well.

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One Response to Building Hell: A New Way to Study

  1. These pictures cannot do your students’ project justice. They did an AMAZING job!! I’m so, so impressed!

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