Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Gustav Dore, Bible artist

In the 1860s, French artist Gustav Dore did a series of illustrations for a new edition of the Bible. Many of them are posted online, such as these ones he did of the Gospel of Matthew.

A website which reproduces many of these illustrations notes:

His artistic style also greatly influenced some of the early biblical films, especially those of D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille. In fact, some of the scenes from DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1923 & 1956) look remarkably similar to the corresponding biblical illustration by Doré.