HELL HAS NO BOUNDS

Title: HELL HAS NO BOUNDS- By Michael Carr                                                                                                                                                 This Gallery is a look at Hell from different perspectives and cultures. These representations of Hell come from Greek and Christian stories as well as being inspired by Dante and his Devin Comedy. There are two main mediums represented; painting and sculpture. This notion of Hell no matter what religion or beliefs has similar reoccurring themes, symbols and imagery. 

 

This work is a massive gateway made from stone also cast in metal. There are three figures at the very the top of the portal. The three figures are the same figure repeated two times and then rotated to form a semicircle. Below the three figures there is a small narrow shelf crawling with vines and thrones, which run across the entire length of the doorway. Among the thorns there are smaller figures randomly placed, along the top shelf. Below that the door is broken into five major sections. There are two panels that represent the doors. Above the doors is a large mantel with the figure Dante at the center. On the sides of the doors there are two columns. The entire piece is covered in human and child forms. It is difficult to count the number of bodies because there are so many. In some areas the viewer just see’s body parts like a leg or an arm. The bodies are twisting and contorting in hundreds of ways.
This triptych is painted with gold, green, blue, red, dark blue, and tan. Gold-leaf has also been used. Christ is in the center panel much larger then the other figures that surround him. He is seated on a throne, surrounded by blue, gold and red rendered in an ornate design. There is an angel under him holding up a cross. The angel looks like she is supporting Christ and holding him up. Below them, in the center panel there are steps full of people. The people on the left look pleasant yet serious and are traveling to the left and up to top which then end behind Christ. The people have blue clouds under their feet and angels are greeting them. On the third panel to the lower right is a depiction of Hell. The people on this side are crying and grim. They are surrounded by figures with horns, wings and large teeth. The figures are demons holding up pitchforks.
This piece takes place in a cave with two openings. The opening to the left is shaded in red. The opening on the right is a lighter, tan color. Each opening has distinct contrasting colors. There are many figures in the scene but there are four main subjects. The additional bodies are grey and cool tones and many are in shadow. There are four main figures located near the center of the canvas. One figure, which is located directly in the middle, is well lit, wearing a red cape. He is holding a branch with leaves and flowers in one hand. He is armed with a sword and a metal chest plate. The figure to his right is naked, with a thick white beard and red glowing eyes. He is holding a large paddle high over his head aimed at the middle figure.
This illustration was created on parchment paper with tempera paint, gold leaf, and ink. The render is off centered to the left at the top half of the page and below are 8 lines of text. There is an exterior border in the shape of a square, which has been gold leafed. In side the square is the letter D. The tails of the D curl out and around and resting in the curl is a winged animal. Along the long straight side of the D is Christ holding a staff with a cross on the top end. He is standing on the chest of a brown beast with a red head and horns. Christ is putting the staff in the beast ‘s mouth. With his other hand he is holding onto a figure. There are six figures coming out if the mouth of a second brown beast. They are necked and at their feet, flames are rising from below.
There is a nude figure falling to the ground. The figure is in a dynamic pose and rendered in high detail. His mouth is open and it appears as though he is screaming in terror. Around him, the background scenery (Tartarus) is dark with warm colors of red, orange and burnt sienna. Smoke is coming from the ground and flames of golden white and red are layered behind the smoke. Far in the distance there is a small open area that looks like light is shining thru.
Christ sits on a throne with his hands outstretched. He is larger then any of the other figures in this sculpture. There are three angels on each side if him. The two angels on the ends are kneeling in profile looking at Christ. Below, on the second level, there is a larger angel in the middle holding a scale. There are figures to his right standing tall with their hands clasped together. On the angels left hand side there are demons and figures in chaos. In the lowest level of the high relief is hell. The same theme continues below in third and final level. Half the scene depicts heaven and the other half hell.
In the foreground of this painting Christ is standing on the left side of the painting holding out his hand to a group of people on the right. The group of figures made up of women and men are standing inside the mouth of an animal. The beast is black with bright orange eyes and bright white, razor sharp teeth. There is a chain stretch across the opening of the beast mouth. Probably used to keep the mouth shut. On the head of the beast there are creatures of different colors with horns, ears like a donkey and tails. In the background there are four angels with gold halos around their heads. The background is adorned in gold leaf. There is a low relief detail along the top of the painting finished in gold leaf as well.
This is a ceramic vase tinted with red details and figures drawn on the surface with a darker color. The drawings are drawn on the surface of the vase in 2D. There are two bands of red color painted on the top and the bottom of the vase with a small band of designs around the top of the vase. The background color of the vase is a yellowish tan color. The three figures are drawn in detail. The figures have ankle bracelets and jewelry and other ornamental designs around their bodies.
The subjects of this oil on canvas come from the poem ‘Paradise Lost’. All three figures are positioned in the center of the composition. On the left Satin is holding a shield in one hand and a spear in the other. He has red wings and red glowing eyes. He is wearing a breastplate of armor and his nipples are shinning like stars. He has fangs in his mouth and razor sharp claws on his feet. On his bottom half of his body he is wearing a leather skirt similar to a roman solider clothing. In the direct center of the canvas is a bear chest female, positioned in-between Satin and Death. This is sin. There are many hellish creatures wrapped around her legs. The creatures have fangs and sharp teeth, red glowing eyes and scales. On the right is Death mostly a skeleton, holding an arrow and posed to strike. Fire and flames seep from his ribcage kneecaps and neck. His head is a skull and like Satin he is grimacing in anger. Above Death on the top right hand of the canvas there is a black steak cage with arrow shaped edges
On the left side of the canvas there is a crowed of figures with their hands out stretched. They are rendered in muted grey and sepia tones and their faces look sunken in. In the center of the canvas there is a figure with arms outstretched toward Christ who is descending from the far right of the composition. It is unclear if it is a man or women. The figure is on their knees has long and wavy, bright red hair and like the other figures in the crowd she is naked. There seems to be orange halo around the figures head. Christ is standing tall; beneath his feet are skulls and snakes. Behind hi there is a bright stream of light and clouds. He is wearing a toga style garment and he has a large halo around his head
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