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Ugolino and His Sons, by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux, 1861

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Ugolino and His Sons, by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux, 1861.

This 19th century sculpture by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux, housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, captures the poignant moment in Count Ugolino's tale (Inferno 33) when he is begged by his sons to eat them instead of dying of starvation.  The sculpture, like the text itself, remains ambiguous as to whether Ugolino actually takes them up on their offer.

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Jean Baptiste Carpeaux: Ugolino and His Sons. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Artistic Response
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