Although in Dante’s work Paradise is the final part, Bukovac will paint it first. In the lower left corner of the painting, he added: Zagreb, 1899. Bukovac likely painted it in Cavtat, where he spent most of the year, and signed it in Zagreb before sending it to the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900.

The painting is rendered in a dry manner, with visible linear brushstrokes. The angelic figures stand out in a radiant environment dominated by red-violet and bluish hues, casting light onto the mystical space with stars, revealing the figures of Dante and the ethereal figure of Beatrice

Bukovac’s uncertainty about how to depict Paradise is evident from a sketch preserved in the National Museum of Modern Art, depicting a scene distinct from the final version. In the elongated format, the bottom right corner shows the figure of Dante from behind, kneeling before the entrance to Paradise, guarded by angels. A similar pencil sketch is also preserved in the Bukovac House.

Museums and galleries of Konavle consist of the:

Konavle County Museum, House Bukovac, Department of Archaeology and Račić Mausoleum.

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