This artwork is the second part of a modern day interpretation of 'Purgatorio', part of Dante Alighieri's 14th century masterpiece 'La Divina Commedia'. The poem describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. Having survived the depths of Hell, Dante and Virgil ascend out of the undergloom to the Mountain of Purgatory ('Purgatorio) on the far side of the world. The mountain has seven terraces, corresponding to the seven deadly sins (Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Avarice, Gluttony, Lust).
The second part of this series depicts the terrace 'Invidia', losely translated as Envy and Jealousy. In latin 'Invidere' means 'to see', 'to look at'
In times of the ever present social media we are presented with a bright and shiny 'instagram'-worthy vision of how all these 'perfect' people and influencers present their lives, resulting in large audiences envy this 'perfect' mirage… which can lead into a twisted idea of how life should be
This artwork is built up on a central yellow rose, made out of dripping yellow paint. A yellow rose is a common symbol for jealousy. The yellow paint is dripping from the rose, turning a normal, neutral element into a jealous/envy symbol. All around the rose it is being attacked by nails, symbol for all the influences turning it into a jealous symbol. Added in front is a mouse pointer as a symbol for the influences of everything available online. The cubical is finalised in front and in the back with the english translation of the part of the original texte of Dante on which this artwork is based.
Purgatorio 2.0 – Invidia
- Cubical made out of thick acrylic plates
- Presented in a custom made acrylic box
- Size artwork: 20 cm X 20 cm X 19,5 cm
- Hand signed on the back
- Comes with Certificate Of Authenticity
- Original artwork
- Exclusive malsagūlo safety hammer included