As I was photographing a vintage, Italian version of Dante’s Divine Comedy, I came across illustrations that I had never seen before. The plates are initialed O. Amadio, yet no mention is made of the artist in the introduction of title page. What’s worse is that the internet seems to have no record of this artist. There is an artist named Andrea Amadio who is Venetian (c1400s), but the style doesn’t seem a match.

I do love a good mystery, but more so I felt that the world needed to see the work of this fantastic artist, which doesn’t seem to be digitized anywhere. The number of illustrations for this edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy is staggering. O. Amadeo has illustrated a plate every 6-7 pages. Truly magnificent.

If anyone has any information about this illustrator, don’t hesitate to drop me a line! I’d love to hear from you.



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