Robert Rauschenberg

Thirty-Four Drawings for Dante’s Inferno


A beuatifully produced limited edition of Robert Rauschenberg’s Thirty-Four Illustrations interpreting Dante’s Inferno.

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Leah Dickerman


Published in a limited edition of just 500 copies, Robert Rauschenberg: Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno is a clothbound clamshell box containing a facsimile edition of Rauschenberg’s series of drawings from 1958-60, each reproduced at actual size on individual sheets. Rauschenberg made one drawing for each Canto, or section, of Dante’s poem The Inferno (1308-1321). Together they are a virtual encyclopedia of modern-day imagery, made by transferring photographic reproductions from magazines or newspapers onto the drawing surface. “I think a picture is more like the real world when it’s made out of the real world,” Rauschenberg said. With additional imagery in pencil, crayon, pastel, and collage, the drawings reflect Rauschenberg’s desire to infiltrate his art with the scenes and sounds of the surrounding world, a radical departure from the more transcendent ambitions of Abstract Expressionism.

Additional information

Weight 2724 g
Dimensions 32.3 x 40.4 cm
Publisher name The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date 20 November 2017
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Dimensions 32.3 x 40.4 cm
Weight 2724 g


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Robert Rauschenberg was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement. Leah Dickerman is Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art.