Our first piece dates back to 1000BCE during the medieval ages of Christianity. This beautiful and detailed oil painting has no claimed artist but his name and message is spoken through his art. During these times, Christians believed very deeply in the power of the devil, demons and the horrible consequence of hell. So much so, that they believed in having a “good death”. It was believed that at the time of your death, the devil would temp you with earthly things in order to stray you from the path of god and righteousness. In order to help those on the brink of death, catechisms and manuals were written, and religious orders such as Saint Camillus were set up to help the dying. In this piece, you see a dying man in pain surrounded by demons. You also see a priest next to him attempting to help him fight off evil through his last moments. The man is looking up toward an angel that no one else sees, and has a vision of Jesus at the end of his bed. You notice a second angel coming down toward him with a crown of some sort, this lets us know his soul has been saved. This man has had a good death.
La Muerte Del Justo (which is the original name of this piece) is a great example of man against evil because it pins a man weakened by age or health against one of the greatest evils of that time, the damnation of the soul and the devil.