Hellish Art

Today for the Halloween Countdown, we will take a close look at Hell. The Underworld is often depicted with fire and caves full of horned demons, but this doesn’t necessarily have to be the only scene to come to mind when we think of where Satan may live. Other ideas have been conjured up, such as Sisyphus-type scenarios or grotesque and unnatural occurrences. So let’s take a look at some ways Hell has been imagined up in the art world. (Please note, some material may be graphic, and is definitely unpleasant to look at.)

Detail of a medieval chapel wall painting in La Brigue, France.

One of Francisco Goya’s Dark Paintings.

Dante & Virgil in Hell.

A triptych from the Middle Ages that depicts from left to right: Heaven, Earth, and Hell. Hell, at right, is quite detailed.

Like the above piece, this is the right side of a similar triptych. “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch.

I am also including some quite gory paintings from China that depict Hell (complete with blue demons) that can be found here: http://www.foreigners-in-china.com/paintings-of-hell.html (Note, some graphic and disturbing material.)

{Halloween Countdown: 2 days!}

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