The drawing is based on the description of Paradise in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, for which Botticelli sketched his illustrations in 1480–90.

Eden, 2023, ink on paper, 145 x 90 cm.

Dante placed his Garden of Eden at the top of Mount Purgatory, from where one goes to the upper spheres first by climbing ladders and then flying through the spheres of heavens.