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Hell

Hell - damned and devils -



The static and repetitive attitudes of Heaven are opposed to the gestures and cries of the damned, the hideous faces of the devils, biting.



The representation of Hell's mouth, blowing flames from its nostrils and between its fangs, is traditional, as well as the description of the suffering undergone by the damned.

Mouth of Hell

However, the presence of the big skeleton is rare for a painting of this age. In La Brigue, his legs are widely spread, his belly empty, and he seems to fly over the scenes of torture.


The images of Hell are usually divided in seven places (kinds of caves like those of the lower part of the western wall in Notre-Dame des Fontaines), each of them containing those who have committed one of the seven deadly sins.

The Hell of La Brigue is less strictly divided than others, and the sins that are punished do not belong to the traditional seven deadly sins : pride, avarice, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and laziness.

The sins of the groups of damned are written on signs.

On this detail, the sign reading « thieves, deceivers and blasphemers » is held by a man with a rope around his neck.

Elsewhere, robbers, usurers and dishonest merchants, hypocrites and false penitents, intermediaries and adulterers, traitors and desperate ones, false witnesses, and finally the Jews.

Group of damned

The mention of the latter has to be associated with the emphasis, in the decoration of this chapel, on the character of Judas and the emphasized physical particularities of some characters of the Passion.


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The Judgement -
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