Friday, May 14, 2021


"For instance, in the lower right-hand corner, a reptilian creature grasps a sinner by the head."
Aleks Pluskowski, The Monstrous Middle Ages

In Dieric Bouts the Elder‘s Fall of the Damned (ca. 1470) (Figure 7), a motley crew of reptilian devils attack naked souls in a landscape so rocky it practically has teeth. Indeed, many of the damned are shown partially submerged into the earth; this is the endgame of their fall, which began when they were dropped here by flying devils (and were thus forced to repeat the devils‘ own prior fall from Heaven).

*This demon is inspired by the painting The Fall Of The Damned Into Hell (1450) by Dieric Bouts

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