Dante's Angel at the Gates of Purgatory, with Hinged Wings and Keys

© Susan Dorothea White

Dante's Angel at the Gates of Purgatory, with Hinged Wings and Keys, 1996
bronze, strap hinge, gold- and chrome-plated keys
32.5 x 29.5 x 15 cm
AP I, AP II

Available through Josef Lebovic Gallery - please email: josef@joseflebovicgallery.com

The sculpture is a metaphor for the gateway to purgatory in Dante's The Divine Comedy. The spirit of the angel is represented by a bodiless spiral with three hollow-eyed faces in one head; the open mouth is speaking. The spiral movement symbolises the workings of the intricate lock on the gates. The suspended keys and gate-hinges for the angel's wings reflect Dante?s humour: Quantunque l'una d'este chiavi falla, che non si volga dritta per la toppa, diss'elli a noi, Non s'apre questa calla (Purg. IX, 121?123).

- Susan Dorothea White

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