Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Gustave Doré's La Belle au Bois Dormant

Immediately prior to his groundbreaking, iconic work on the Bible, The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Gustave Doré illustrated the works of his fellow French fairy-teller Charles Perrault. Given that it is our favorite of the fairy tales, here we present Doré's engravings for his La Belle au Bois Dormant, Sleeping Beauty.

The princess pricks her finger on a spindle.

The castle is consumed by the forest.

A century later, a prince finds the castle.

All the knights and retainers have fallen asleep as well.

Cobwebs have taken over the dining hall.

The prince finds the slumbering princess.


aldersgatecycle said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I absolutely love this sort of artwork--the forest scenes in particular never cease to amaze me. Thanks for sharing.

Moineau En France said...

i was searching for photos of art for "la belle au bois dormant" when i came upon this post. i adore doré. there are many of his pictures listed in wikipedia... i followed their links for doré once and built an incredible collection of art from french fairy tales for my own use. wonderful writing as well. thank you.