Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jean Babtiste Carpeaux’s ‘Ugolino and His Sons’

This is a daunting extract from Dante’s Divine Comedy but the sculpture is just too awesome…

‘Father our pain’, they said,
‘Will lessen if you eat us you are the one
Who clothed us with this wretched flesh: we plead
For you to be the one who strips it away’.

(Canto XXXIII, ln. 56–59)

… And I,
Already going blind, groped over my brood
Calling to them, though I had watched them die,
For two long days. And then the hunger had more
Power than even sorrow over me

(Canto XXXIII, ln. 70-73)[3]

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