"In my works the sacred really enjoys an ample space. The Bible offers numerous subjects, and I could not resist their appeal, especially those of the Gospel. Therefore, I painted The Good Samaritan, The Crucifiction, The Deposition from the Cross, The Pious Women, The Cireneus. The religious subjects form the soul of my art. I concentrated my attention on The Divine Comedy, and in particular, on the main religious characters present in Dante's masterpiece."

—Ivo David

*These sketches are copyrighted and are in the permanent collection of Museo Dantesco di Torre dè - Passeri. Casa di Dante, Museo Fortunato Bellonzi, Abbruzzo, Italy and in several private collections.




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Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto I, 1985
"The Forest"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto II, v701, 1985
"Beatrice and Virgil"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto X, 1979
"The Tomb of Farinata
degli Uberti & Cavalcante"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto XIII, v15, 1974
"The Harpies' Dreary Wood-
The Squanderers"


Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto XXVII, 1974
"Guido da Montefeltro"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto XXXI, 1985
"Anteo"

Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto XXXIII, 1985
"Ugolino Tolomea "
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto XXXIV, 1980
"Lucifer, Judecca"


Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto XXXIV, 1980
"Vision of the Stars"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto III, v91, 1985
The Gate of Hell, Glik Ignavi"

Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto IX, v89-90, 1979
"The Angel and the City of Dis -
The City of Sorrow"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto VI., I gelosi, vv 25-27
"Cerberus"


Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto XXIII, Hypocrites, 1974

Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto VII, Hypocries, vv 98-99, 1980

Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Infwerno, Canto XXIX, v138, 1974
"I Lussuriosi,
Falsifiers of Metals"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto III, Gli Ignavi, 1975
"Charon and the River Acheron"


Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto V, v 138, 1985
"I Lussuriosi,
Paolo and Francesca"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, IV Canto. v 941, 1985
"Limbo-Poets & Heroes"

Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto XI, 1979
"The Tomb of
Anastasius II Pope"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto XVI, 1974
"Brunetto Latini"


Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto XVIII, 1970
"The Fletterers"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto XXI, 1974
"The Devils & Barrators"

Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Inferno - by Ivo David
Inferno, Canto XXX, 1985
"Counterfeiters of Others"



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Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Purgatory - by Ivo David
Canto I, 1975
"The Shore of the Island -
Cato of Utica"

Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Purgatory - by Ivo David
Canto II, 1975
"The Angel Boatman"

Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Purgatory - by Ivo David
Canto III, 1975
"Manfred"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Purgatory - by Ivo David
Canto VII, 1975
"The Guardian Angel
and the Serpent"


Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Purgatory - by Ivo David
Canto IX vv80-82
"The Gate of Purgatory"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Purgatory - by Ivo David
Canto XVIII-XIX, 1976
"The Slothful
The Angel of Zeal"

Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Purgatory - by Ivo David
Canto SVI, 1976
"The Wrathful"

Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Purgatory - by Ivo David
Canto 25, 26, 27, 1981
"The Lustful
Guido Guinizzelli"

Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Purgatory - by Ivo David
Canto XXVIII-XXIX, 1975
"Matelda"




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Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Paradise - by Ivo David
Canto VIII, Terzo
Cielo di Venere (Version C)
"The Amorous"
Charles Martel vv 40-94, 1975
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Paradise - by Ivo David
Canto X, XIm XII, 1970
"Spiriti Sapienti"

Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Paradise - by Ivo David
Canto XIV, vv 48-87, 1972
"Spiriti Sapienti"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Paradise - by Ivo David
Canto XIV, 1970
"The Souls
of the Great Cross"


Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Paradise - by Ivo David
Canto XIV,k 1975
"Ottavo Cielo, The Fixed Stars"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Paradise - by Ivo David
Canto XVIII, vv 2117, 1975
"The Empire"

Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Paradise - by Ivo David
Canto XXI, 1975
"La Scala d' oro"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Paradise - by Ivo David
Canto XXVIII, 1975
"The Angel Heirarchy"
Sketch from The Divine Comedy - Dante's Paradise - by Ivo David
Canto XXXIII, vv 1-29, 1977
"Empireo"


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