The painting is an independent travesty on Eugene Delacroix’s The Barque of Dante (1822), also known as Dante and Virgil in Hell. Matecki maintains the integrity of the original with regard to composition, but introduces a series of highly unacademic innovations, such as the subject of Dante represented in charcoal, alongside magazine cut-outs of fashion models. The title of the painting appears in the right-hand section of the painting, borrowed from the fourth album by metal band Sepultura (1991). Matecki’s Arise is a hellish vision of art, where the greats of French Romanticism are depicted alongside Brazil’s pioneers of Death and Trash Metal. The experience of this radical form of music is cited by Matecki has his most significant source of artistic inspiration.