The Divine Comedy has been visually interpreted by countless artists in the last seven centuries, however, few have stood out. First came Sandro Botticelli, then Gustave Dore, Francesco Scaramuzza, Amos Nattini, and also the great Salvador Dali. Now, a contemporary artist, Dino di Durante, has taken the challenge again. and Dante’s Hell Animated (2D animation), as well as Inferno by Dante a 108-minute feature documentary.
Dino Di Durante's visual journey of Dante's Inferno started in 2007, with the idea of making a comic magazine. This idea expanded into a book of illustrations, and later to an animation film where most of the painting come to life in Dante's Hell Animated, which is available on DVD and VOD. These 72 unique pieces of art are also part of a two-hour long documentary , titled Inferno by Dante, featuring over 30 celebrities, professors and Dantologists (Dantisti) from both the United States and Italy, which premiered at the Cannes fim festival in May, 2019.
When Boris Acosta produced and directed his first documentary, Dante's Inferno - Abandon All Hope, he realized that it had to be made in black and white because there weren't many illustrations in color available at in 2008. So, making the film in black and white was the only smart thing to do.
However, it wasn't what he wanted to do in the first place. So, he decided to produce a set of paintings to make a more meaningful, color rich, and accurate illustrations than were not available at that time. What he didn't know was how long it would really take. He thought that a few months would be enough, but he was far wrong. It took 9 years! Why so long? Because he didn't take into consideration that he's a perfectionist and would not bend for the best he could accomplish.
Most paintings went through a painful process of over 100 versions, review after review.
Directing art was Boris Acosta's first time and it was not an easy task. He wanted everything fast, but even though the paintings were coming along great, there were many interpretation mistakes made in the process. Time was not on his side and his artist, Dino Di Durante, needed some help, which he got from Avetik Balaian and Riccardo Pratesi.
Dino Di Durante is a concept artist himself, who took on the hard task of bringing to life Dante's Inferno on canvas that made their way into film and books. The details, rich colors and accurate representation where accomplished with the help of Lucia Checchi, Avetik Balain and Dantologist Riccardo Pratesi. Durante's profound interpretation of Hell surpasses that of all others who have attempted to understand what Dante Alighieri put into words over seven centuries ago.