This is the one I’m talking about.
Is he trying to say that Dante didn’t have a clue how horrible Hell was (notwithstanding his ‘work’ on the subject)? I find it a bizarre painting, very, very different from most of Bouguereau’s work (shown here). Maybe it was just a reflection of his youth (he painted it at age 25 and it seems to be one of his earliest, “mature”, works). It’s so out of keeping with the rest of his stuff.
What do you think? (I’m just a dilettante, so anything you say will impress me).