THE SECOND CIRCLE (per me si va tra la perduta pente)
CONVENT STUDIO ARTIST PROGRAM
The second circle refers directly to a particular area within Dante’s design of hell; the circle of the lussuriosi or carnal, and by extension refers also to the notion of romantic love as illustrated by the notorious characters of Paolo and Francesca who are situated there. This couple are famous for having had an affair, being discovered and then both murdered by Francesca’s husband. They are found in Dante’s hell, eternally bound together and blown about in the stormy darkness.
Cooper has attempted to create a visual metaphor for the condition of perceived helplessness and desire as described by Dante.