Les étoiles filantes (1847-1849)

Millet, Jean-François (1814-1875)

Les étoiles filantes (The shooting stars)
Oil on board, 18.7 x 34.5 cm
National Museum WalesCardiff

This purely imaginary subject is unusual among Millet’s works. It refers to Dante‘s ‘Inferno‘ which in one section describes the souls of the lustful being whirled endlessly around the skies of hell by a great gale. (NMW)

See also:

• Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321)