La Divina Commedia is one of the greatest works of literature, studied at every school in Italy as it was at mine, the Ludovico Ariosto High School. I was 16 the first time I read Dante’s work, and I have always felt the Inferno is the most brilliant of the three parts. An amazing allegorical vision of sinners, it is so brilliant that it has stood the test of time and shines even in this modern era. When I was given the opportunity to work on the Sedicesimo project, I thought the Inferno would be perfect for it. "Sedicesimo" means one-sixteenth and indicates the number of pages in the printed magazine. It is a very sophisticated visual publication from the Italian publisher Corraini. Each year some invited artists use just 16 pages to express themselves as best they can. It has no words, only graphic images, photographs or illustrations. I challenged myself to condense the nine Inferno circles into an extreme synthesis of 16 pages representing modern sinners. My aim as illustrator was to balance the majesty of Dante’s work with a minimal approach: every illustration contains just the necessary elements to stand up, without decoration or needless objects.
-Emiliano Ponzi, illustrator
Based in Milan, Italy, Ponzi's bold, textured illustrations employ repetition, a judicious use of line and strong graphic compositions to define and communicate the concept at hand. His illustrations appear in advertising, magazines, books, newspapers and animations.
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