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Art Throb #25: Dante incontra Beatrice al ponte Santa Trinita (1883) by Henry Holiday (1839–1927)

Henry Holiday (1839-1927), Dante and Beatrice (1883) Oil on canvas, 142.2cm (56 in) x 203.2 cm (80 in) Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool I first saw this painting before I knew what it was and who created it. Occasionally you come across something so lovely, out of nowhere, that you have to have it. It speaks to you. That's what happened when my husband and I saw a reproduction of this painting, a beautifully-framed print, in the window of a local shop recently. It called out to us, and we instantly fell in love with it. It may look a bit twee and 'chocolate box-y' but there's still much to appreciate and get your teeth into here. The setting – Florence – is one that we love, and we've been to this spot with the Ponte Vecchio in the distance. I'd love to go back to it and stand where those women are as it may help me work out exactly what is going on. Who or what, for example, is the woman in red looking at? Is it the man on the right, and if so, for what reason?

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