Visual Images: Sun:Fire, Heaven:Hell

Images of Heavens and Hells

Images can tell a lot about the time period in which they were created. These three images by Hieronymus Bosch, made between 1485 and 1510, reflect the popular conceptions of God, heaven, and hell that were held by Europeans at that time.

Paintings by Hieronymus Bosch

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 "The Seven Deadly Sins", Bosch, c.1485 "Paradise and Hell", Bosch, c.1510
This painting shows the eye of God surrounded by sinners. This was made in 1485, a time when people saw God as an all powerful knowing force, and sin as virtually unescapable evil.

This painting shows the popular conceptions of heaven and hell in the early 1500's.

"The creation of Eve is followed by the temptation of Adam and both are driven
out of Paradise, while high above in the sky we see the fall of the rebellious angels, who are hurled from heaven as a swarm of repulsive insects." (Webmuseum,Bosch)(use link above)

Paradise was all pastoral spendor, while hell was dark and dreary.

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This page authored by Theresa J. Biagiarelli