Doré Meet DeMille, DeMille Meet Doré

Contributed by Owen Schumacher

If Cecil B. DeMille never saw these illustrations, first I'd be surprised. Then I'd think he somehow channeled the spirit of the 19th-century artist, Gustave Doré, without even knowing it—the dramatic spotlighting, the demonstrative gestures, the moody and disquieting skies: The 10 Commandments before DeMille was a glint in his father's eye, and all was on the printing block of the French master, Doré.

Though releasing many great illustrated books throughout his career—including Don Quixote (1863), The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen (1866), The Raven (1884)—the pound-for-pound winner for sheer fear-of-God seriousness was La Sainte Bible (1865), which was (much) later compiled into the handy volume you see here, The Doré Bible Illustrations (1974). DeMille's licking his chops right now.


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