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Hell Collection

"Journey through the Depths: Exploring the Concept of Hell" Embarking on a spiritual odyssey, Dante's Divine Comedy unveils the eternal struggle between good and evil

Background imageHell Collection: The Broad and Narrow way to Heaven or Hell - Religious concepts

The Broad and Narrow way to Heaven or Hell - Religious concepts
THE BROAD AND NARROW WAY the good take the narrow road to Heaven while the wicked take the broad way to Hell

Background imageHell Collection: DANTE: DIVINE COMEDY. Frontispiece of Dantes Divine Comedy, showing Dante (in

DANTE: DIVINE COMEDY. Frontispiece of Dantes Divine Comedy, showing Dante (in a red robe) being led by Virgil (in a blue robe) through the agonies of hell. Italian manuscript illumnination

Background imageHell Collection: Dante and Virgil in Hell. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

Dante and Virgil in Hell. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
Dante and Virgil in Hell. Found in the collection of Musee d Orsay, Paris

Background imageHell Collection: HEAVEN

HEAVEN
THE BROAD AND NARROW WAY the narrow road to Heaven contrasted with the broad way to Hell

Background imageHell Collection: DANTEs INFERNO, c1520. Woodcut from a Venetian edition of the Divine Comedy, c1520

DANTEs INFERNO, c1520. Woodcut from a Venetian edition of the Divine Comedy, c1520

Background imageHell Collection: Dante and the Divine Comedy (The Comedy Illuminating Florence), 1464-1465

Dante and the Divine Comedy (The Comedy Illuminating Florence), 1464-1465. Artist: Domenico di Michelino
Dante and the Divine Comedy (The Comedy Illuminating Florence), 1464-1465. From the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

Background imageHell Collection: Pandemonium, 1841 (oil on canvas)

Pandemonium, 1841 (oil on canvas)
XOS828634 Pandemonium, 1841 (oil on canvas) by Martin, John (1789-1854); Louvre, Paris, France; (add.info.: Pandemonium is the capital of Hell in the epic poem Paradise Lost by the 17th century)

Background imageHell Collection: The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1500 (oil on panel)

The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1500 (oil on panel)
XIR3425 The Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500 (oil on panel) by Bosch, Hieronymus (c.1450-1516); 220x389 cm; Prado, Madrid, Spain; Netherlandish, out of copyright

Background imageHell Collection: Breugel, Pieter II, The Younger. Winter Scene with Ice Skaters

Breugel, Pieter II, The Younger. Winter Scene with Ice Skaters
Breugel, Pieter, II, The Younger, called Hell Bruegel (1564-1638). Winter Scene with Ice Skaters skating and Birds. Flemish art. Painting

Background imageHell Collection: Dulle Griet (Mad Meg), c1562. Artist: Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Dulle Griet (Mad Meg), c1562. Artist: Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Dulle Griet (Mad Meg), c1562. From the collection of the Museum Mayer van den Berg, Antwerp

Background imageHell Collection: MILTON: PARADISE LOST. Satan bids the rebellious angels who had fallen with him into the fiery

MILTON: PARADISE LOST. Satan bids the rebellious angels who had fallen with him into the fiery abyss to take courage and rise again together (Book 1, lines 344-5)

Background imageHell Collection: Sisyphus and his Stone

Sisyphus and his Stone
Sisyphys, father of Odysseus, for no known reason, is condemned to push a rock to the top of a mountain in Hell, which the demons push down again, and again, and again

Background imageHell Collection: Fleisch macht Fleisch (Meat Gives Meat), 1555

Fleisch macht Fleisch (Meat Gives Meat), 1555. Found in the Collection of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Background imageHell Collection: The New Jerusalem, c1900

The New Jerusalem, c1900. Christ, who has redeemed the world through his Crucifixion, waits at the entrance to The New Jerusalem to welcome the saved

Background imageHell Collection: Dante and Virgil in Inferno, crossing the cocytus, 1885 (engraving)

Dante and Virgil in Inferno, crossing the cocytus, 1885 (engraving)
XEE746645 Dante and Virgil in Inferno, crossing the cocytus, 1885 (engraving) by Dore, Gustave (1832-83); Private Collection; (add.info.: Inferno)

Background imageHell Collection: Last Judgement, Novgorod Icon (tempera on wood)

Last Judgement, Novgorod Icon (tempera on wood)
3469089 Last Judgement, Novgorod Icon (tempera on wood) by Russian School (15th century); 162x115 cm; Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageHell Collection: The Mouth of Hell of engraving

The Mouth of Hell of engraving
Engraving by Gustave Dore

Background imageHell Collection: Sisyphus (chromolitho)

Sisyphus (chromolitho)
975904 Sisyphus (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sisyphus. French educational card, late 19th/early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageHell Collection: Thos. Brett Cleveland, O. Diebold Safe & Lock Company

Thos. Brett Cleveland, O. Diebold Safe & Lock Company. Date c1879. Thos. Brett Cleveland, O. Diebold Safe & Lock Company. Date c1879

Background imageHell Collection: Gout (Bunbury)

Gout (Bunbury)
No need for the sufferer from GOUT to wait till he gets to Hell - the devil gives him a foretaste of the torments that await him

Background imageHell Collection: The Income Tax Official in Hades by H. M. Bateman

The Income Tax Official in Hades by H. M. Bateman
A tax man from the Inland Revenue suffering his worst nightmare - locked in a cage suspended over a pile of cheques and money he cannot reach. Cartoon by H. M

Background imageHell Collection: Charon the ferryman engraving

Charon the ferryman engraving
Charon the ferryman of Hell engraving by Gustave Dore

Background imageHell Collection: The Triumph of Death, c. 1350 (fresco)

The Triumph of Death, c. 1350 (fresco)
XAL266290 The Triumph of Death, c.1350 (fresco) by Master of the Triumph of Death, (fl.1360-80) (attributed to); Camposanto, Pisa, Italy; (add.info.: Le Triomphe de la Mort; ); Italian

Background imageHell Collection: Dante & Virgil on Ice

Dante & Virgil on Ice
Virgil is Dantes guide on a tour of Inferno; they come across some evildoers punished by being placed up to their necks in ice

Background imageHell Collection: Charon / Styx / Dante / Virgil

Charon / Styx / Dante / Virgil
Charon ferries Dante and Virgil across the Styx, the river which separates this world of ours from the infernal regions

Background imageHell Collection: The Five ALLs - John Kay

The Five ALLs - John Kay
Satirical cartoon by Scottish caricaturist John Kay (1742-1826) entitled The Five All s, depicting five characters and their interpretations of their reltion to All

Background imageHell Collection: Dante & Virgil in Hell

Dante & Virgil in Hell
Sinners stand in a frozen lake, with only the tops of their heads above the ice; the rest of their bodies are subjected to a permanent cold bath: Dante & Virgil look on

Background imageHell Collection: South Sea Bubble / 1721

South Sea Bubble / 1721
THE SOUTH-SEA BUBBLE A satire on Mr. Knight, the cashier of the South -Sea Company, who fled the country as the situation became too hot

Background imageHell Collection: Dantes Inferno, suicides and the Harpies

Dantes Inferno, suicides and the Harpies
Dantes Inferno. Canto XIII, line 11: Here [suicide tree] the brute Harpies make their nest (at right: Dante and Virgil). Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

Background imageHell Collection: Illustration to the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Abyss of Hell), 1480-1490

Illustration to the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Abyss of Hell), 1480-1490. Artist: Botticelli, Sandro (1445-1510)
Illustration to the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Abyss of Hell), 1480-1490. Found in the collection of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

Background imageHell Collection: Gott Strafe England - German poster, WW1

Gott Strafe England - German poster, WW1
A reproduction of a German poster from the First World War reproduced in The Tatler magazine and featuring the devil frying John Bull over the flames of hell under the familiar German slogan of Gott

Background imageHell Collection: Arrival of souls purgatory engraving 1870

Arrival of souls purgatory engraving 1870
The Dore Gallery by Edmund Ollier - Cassel, Petter and Galpin (London-New York) 1870

Background imageHell Collection: Fall of the Rebel Angels of engraving

Fall of the Rebel Angels of engraving
Engraving by Gustave Dore

Background imageHell Collection: The fall of the rebel angels engraving 1885

The fall of the rebel angels engraving 1885
Engraving by Gustave Dore

Background imageHell Collection: DANTE: INFERNO. Charon, ferryman of the river Styx. Wood engraving, 1861, after Gustave Dore

DANTE: INFERNO. Charon, ferryman of the river Styx. Wood engraving, 1861, after Gustave Dore

Background imageHell Collection: Inferno, Canto 2 : Beatrice and Virgil, illustration from The Divine Comedy

Inferno, Canto 2 : Beatrice and Virgil, illustration from The Divine Comedy
GIA745722 Inferno, Canto 2 : Beatrice and Virgil, illustration from The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, 1885 (digitally coloured engraving) by Dore

Background imageHell Collection: Satan and Beelzebub engraving

Satan and Beelzebub engraving
Satan and Beelzebub

Background imageHell Collection: Satan in council engraving 1885

Satan in council engraving 1885
Engraving by Gustave Dore

Background imageHell Collection: The roads to Heaven and Hell

The roads to Heaven and Hell. People taking the road to Heaven by helping the poor, praying, etc. and others taking the road to Hell by drinking, being violent and engaging in other activities

Background imageHell Collection: Red Hell of Jupiter, Astounding Stories Scifi magazine cover

Red Hell of Jupiter, Astounding Stories Scifi magazine cover
THE RED HELL OF JUPITER - The Planetary Explorers disintegrate the Rogans with the death tube Date: 1931

Background imageHell Collection: Satan and Beelzebub, from the first book of Paradise Lost

Satan and Beelzebub, from the first book of Paradise Lost
OTB141771 Satan and Beelzebub, from the first book of Paradise Lost by John Milton (1608-74) engraved by Charles Laplante (d.1903) c.1868 (engraving) by Dore

Background imageHell Collection: Paris Cabarets, Ciel and Enfer (Heaven and Hell)

Paris Cabarets, Ciel and Enfer (Heaven and Hell)
The cabarets of Heaven and Hell (Le Ciel et LEnfer) in the Boulevard de Clichy, Montmartre, Paris. Date: circa 1905

Background imageHell Collection: Tentation de St Antoine, c1615-1635 (1924)Artist: Jacques Callot

Tentation de St Antoine, c1615-1635 (1924)Artist: Jacques Callot
Tentation de St Antoine, c1615-1635 (1924). A print from A History of French Etching from the 16th Century to the Present Day, by F L Leipnik, John Lane the Bodley Head Limited, London, 1924

Background imageHell Collection: Austria, Salzburg, Orpheus and Eurydice in Hades

Austria, Salzburg, Orpheus and Eurydice in Hades
Friedrich Heinrich Fuger (1751-1818), Orpheus and Eurydice in Hades

Background imageHell Collection: MILTON: PARADISE LOST. The rebel angels summoned to the conclave in Satans fantastic golden palace

MILTON: PARADISE LOST. The rebel angels summoned to the conclave in Satans fantastic golden palace, Pandaemonium (Book I, lines 757-9 of John Miltons Paradise Lost ). Wood engraving after Gustave Dor

Background imageHell Collection: The Temptation of St. Anthony, 17th century (engraving) (b / w photo)

The Temptation of St. Anthony, 17th century (engraving) (b / w photo)
XIR163461 The Temptation of St. Anthony, 17th century (engraving) (b/w photo) by Callot, Jacques (1592-1635); Musee Historique Lorrain, Nancy, France

Background imageHell Collection: The hell from Dantes The Divine Comedy - Detail - Fresco, 19th century

The hell from Dantes The Divine Comedy - Detail - Fresco, 19th century
LRI4573589 The hell from Dantes The Divine Comedy - Detail - Fresco, 19th century by Koch, Joseph Anton (1768-1839); Casino Massimo, Rome

Background imageHell Collection: Dante and Virgil with three-headed monster, 1951. Creator: Shirley Markham

Dante and Virgil with three-headed monster, 1951. Creator: Shirley Markham
Dante and Virgil with three-headed monster, 1951. Design for illustration to Dantes " Divine Comedy". Shirley Markham (1931-1999)




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"Journey through the Depths: Exploring the Concept of Hell" Embarking on a spiritual odyssey, Dante's Divine Comedy unveils the eternal struggle between good and evil. The frontispiece of this masterpiece captures Dante's ascent to heavenly realms, illuminating the path towards salvation. Contrasting with divine bliss, Dantes Inferno reveals a haunting woodcut that depicts the horrors of hell. A Venetian edition from centuries ago brings forth vivid imagery, reminding us of the consequences awaiting those who stray from righteousness. Intriguingly, Pieter Bruegel's "The Garden of Earthly Delights" portrays earthly pleasures intertwined with moral decay. This oil painting serves as a cautionary tale about indulgence leading to damnation. Amidst these artistic representations lies an unexpected scene - ice skaters in Pieter II Breugel's winter landscape. It reminds us that even amidst fleeting joys and mundane activities, our choices can shape our ultimate destination. Beyond religious contexts, Thos. Brett Cleveland showcases how even companies like Diebold Safe & Lock Company associate their products with security against potential perils lurking in society. Delving deeper into historical perspectives, we encounter "Fleisch macht Fleisch, " emphasizing how one act begets another - highlighting a perpetual cycle where actions have lasting repercussions. Mad Meg by Pieter Bruegel confronts us with chaos and destruction; it symbolizes humanity's capacity for self-inflicted suffering when succumbing to vice rather than virtue. Sisyphus and his stone epitomize an eternity spent laboring fruitlessly - serving as a reminder that repetitive patterns devoid of growth lead only to despair unless we choose change and redemption instead. Yet hope shines through in "The New Jerusalem. " Painted at the turn of the 20th century, it envisions a celestial city where goodness triumphs over evil – offering solace for those seeking salvation amid life's trials.