"The Beginning of a Great Journey", is the first picture in a series of 67 color woodcuts by Salvador Dalí. They illustrate the Dante's the first two parts of Dante Alighieri's immortal poem.
"Midway in our life's journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark forest." So begins 'The Divine Comedy' of the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri.
It is a Christian allegory, with which the Western civilization has tried to unlock the mystery of its identity. Dante travels the universe from end to end, from his personal contact with the hairy sides of Satan to his final ecstatic vision of God. He maps the physical and moral geography of that universe. He evaluates everything in the universe within a single system of values. For him, the universe was a sphere of which Satan was the center and God the circumference. From this concept, a thing is good as it occurs closer to God, and evil as it occurs closer to Satan. This way, Dante also classifies the good and evil of every form of human behavior.
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PROMETHEUS, Internet Bulletin - News, Politics, Art and Science. Nr. 150, December 2009