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Gustave Doré’s engraving titled “Pope Nicholas III” captures a profound moment from Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. The intricate artwork depicts Pope Nicholas III, a historical figure and former pontiff, found in the eighth circle of Hell, specifically in the bolgia (ditch) reserved for corrupt popes and religious hypocrites. Doré’s masterful skill brings the scene to life, showcasing the pope’s tormented soul as he endures a fitting punishment. The engraving conveys a haunting atmosphere, with Nicholas III submerged upside-down in a searing baptismal font, symbolizing his inverted values and false pretenses during his earthly reign. The detailed depiction of flames and the surrounding damned souls serves as a poignant reminder of the consequences of abuse of power and religious deceit. Doré’s “Pope Nicholas III” engraving encapsulates the dramatic intensity of Dante’s vision, invoking reflection on the nature of authority, hypocrisy, and the pursuit of virtue. The engraving has been carefully tinted to heighten the drama of the original image.

Our satin poster brings this artwork to life on high-quality 210 gsm paper. The low-glare satin finish lets you showcase this exquisite artwork in any indoor environment. The poster is available in multiple sizes. High-quality pigment inks ensure bright and intense colors. The posters can be hung with double-sided tape, tacks, or framed. The museum-grade paper is known to be archival, which means it can be stored for a long time without turning yellow. If the poster gathers any dust, you may wipe it off gently with a clean, dry cloth. Shipping is from our printers in the United States and is, on average, within 3 days of your order. The printed posters are hand rolled in protective tissue paper and shipped in an extra thick triangle box/tube.


12″ x 18″ 20″ x 30″ 24″ x 36″
Width, cm 30.48 50.80 60.96
Height, cm 45.72 76.20 91.44


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