This painting is based on a woodcut by Dore from the Divine Comedy by Dante. It is from Paradise XXVIII, lines 89 - 90; 'Not otherwise does iron scintillate/When molten, than those circles scintillated.'
Beatrice names the orders of angels to Dante; Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels and Angels.
This painting is in acrylic on a Loxley Gold box canvas and has two layers of varnish. It is signed on the reverse in pencil. All edges are painted and varnished. The image size is 20cm x 25cm (8" x 10").
This is one of a series of paintings on this theme.