“All through historical past, artists have grappled with the issue of depicting obviously and forcefully the foundations of evil and struggling in human lifestyles.” With this view, the Lehners have accrued 244 representations, symbols, and manuscript pages of devils and Dying from Egyptian occasions to 1931. Reproductions from Dürer, Holbein, Cranach, Rembrandt, and lots of different lesser-identified or unknown artists illustrate the attention-grabbing historical past. The 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries are stressed out.
The guide is split into 12 chapters, each and every with a separate creation. A number of the illustrations are accrued in 5 of those chapters: Devils and Demons, together with Belial, Beelzebub, and the Anti-Christ; Witches and Warlocks, their animals, bureaucracy, and rituals; The Danse Macabre, with the Dance of Dying Alphabet by way of Holbein and representations of all categories leveled by way of the average pressure of Dying; Souvenir Mori, together with a cranium clock, a macabre illustration of the Tree of Wisdom and Dying, and the winged hourglass and scythe; and Religio-Political Devilry, the struggle among the Papists and the Reformers, and logos of devils in different political disputes. There also are chapters at the Fall of Lucifer, Faust and Mephistopheles, Hell and Damnation, The Apocalyptic Horsemen, Witch-Looking, The Artwork of Loss of life, and Resurrection and Reckoning.
Anyone focused on witchcraft, Dying, and devils will likely be on this guide. It’s in particular helpful to lecturers, artists, and illustrators who want transparent reproductions for the study room, for fashions, or for business makes use of. Dying, devils, and their historical past are very a lot with us lately.