A visual account of God's purge of the sinful and trials of the damned; where He and His army of angels enact their judgement on men, the Devil, and those who are seduced by the lure of sin. This gallery depicts painted works from the 17th through 19th centuries showcasing biblical themes of temptation and its punishment, evil and the good-triumphant, and the destruction of worlds where no hope of redemption remains.

In this piece an archangel has overthrown the devil and pins him down. The angel is bathed in soft colors with the light of God’s sky falling onto his shoulders. He has a weapon in his right hand and a chain in his left. The angel’s wings are spread wide in confidence, for he knows he fights with God’s might. The devil has serpent tails for legs and a skeleton for his face. The deep reds in the scape beneath him represent the infinite burning of Hell’s fire. This piece envelops the theme of God’s wrath through the persistent assault of the centered angel on the figure whom is against all that is holy.
Shown is the Garden of Eden, the once home of Adam and Eve. To the right luscious greenery, white-capped mountains, and sunlight persist. To the left barren, broken trees litter the scape, while a volcano erupts in the background. This depicts God’s punishment on Adam and Eve for succumbing to the temptation of sin within the Garden. They flee from the sanctuary, condemned to abide in the treachery outside. In the center is the entrance to Eden, the barrier holding all of God’s love within, damnation without. The rays of white light cast from the cavern suggest God’s divine power.
Here, floods rage, drowning those who sinned against God. Punishment comes in treacherous waves, with no reprieve for those unworthy of redemption. One piece of land remains dry, full with desperate figures. Below, figures drown and cling to precarious roots in the unforgiving water. An angel, the only source of light here, weeps over a death. In the left background, a dark red sun is setting. The red represents God’s anger at being forced to eradicate the sinners. This flood is spoken of in Genesis. Within this tale, shown far in the background bathed in God’s pure white light, is Noah’s ark, carrying his family and two of each animal, to begin life anew, with devotion solely unto God.
This, from the book of Ezekiel, depicts God’s wrath on a sinful community. Endless floods destroy the city of Tyre. Boats sink and sailors fail to flee. Buildings on the right topple into the dark ocean and wrath has brought the city to pieces in the remaining background. The center shows a figure in a boat, arms in the air, asking for forgiveness. God prophesized a warning to Tyre that fell unheeded. The lightening strike in the right represents this fury, for the God of the Old Testament does not warn twice.The colors of the ocean are soft, despite the horror, while the heavens are dark and foreboding. This suggests God’s anger from above and the peace renewing though the might of the waves.
This shows God’s redemption through Christ, bestowing forgiveness unto His people, even the damned. Christ is in the realm of the dead, shedding God’s light where it wasn’t before. The rays of this light bathe Christ. Under his feet are serpents and skulls: the destruction of evil. Adam and Eve are at the forefront of the crowd. Eve is basked in God’s light, portrayed with the only colored features, save Christ. The dead are hollow-faced and open-mouthed, desperate to escape the clutches of Hell. To the upper left of this piece, a dim figure, shrouded in darkness, flees from the scene. This represents Satan retreating into the depths to escape God’s light.
Centered in this piece is a rocky crevice. Sitting in the cusp is the archangel Gabriel. He is helmeted, staff upright awaiting the setting of the sun. This sunset is depicted from his waist downward, gentle rays protruding upward. There is a winged figure at the top. This suggests evil and temptation, ready to come forth and lure sinners to its call. Gabriel is here to bestow God’s justice on the figure, symbolically protecting those who do not wish to be corrupted. The lack of a variety of color suggests a uniform mission between the archangel and God, both determined to suppress the devil and its call.
The central figure is the Virgin, in rich, bold colors, holding the infant Christ away from the serpent below. God is behind her, protecting and supporting her in the battle against Satan. The left side shows a great battle between a warrior of God and the many tails of the devil. The colors here are dark and ominous, representing the presence of evil. The right side shows angels supporting the Virgin and those on the forefront of battle. There is blue sky and lush greens among these, suggesting God’s grace. In this piece, God is enlisting his followers to punish the devil and banish him back to the depths from which he came.
The forces of nature wreak havoc upon the world below, in the name of God. On the bottom there is an earthquake with figures on either side in torment, pleading for safety. On the sides, mountains and earth have been displaced. In the middle background, the moon is the red color of blood. All of this is mentioned as prophecy in the last book of the New Testament, where God reaps the devout and destroys those unfit, banishing them to eternal damnation. His wrath during the apocalypse is all encompassing. This power and fury is suggested with colors of black and red. Redemption is suggested for those already called to heaven through the white clouds above the chaos.
This is the apocalypse from the book of Revelations. The white portions are representative of heaven, suggesting God’s favor through purity of the soul, where Christ sits on the throne. The worthy line the aisle, awaiting those whom are judged saved and allowed to enter Heaven. The earthquake causes a chasm leading to a pit. The blood moon is present, setting behind Hell’s opening. Below the realm of light, a city lays wasted by God’s wrath. The figures on the left of the quake, watch the scene in anticipation, for they are in waiting to be judged. On the right, Satan’s army is tumbling back into the depths, shrouded in blood. Those who chose sin over grace are banished from the Kingdom of Heaven, forever subjected to fire, God’s final punishment.
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