It depicts a story in chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel. Three Hebrew men are thrown into a fiery furnace. However, they not only walk out unscathed – they are accompanied by Jesus! Read more about this on Wikipedia.
Is it me or do the ‘flames’ look like red snakes?🐍
And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle
“Death looms above a group of people inflicted with various physical and mental diseases – a lazar house.” – Image Description.
“Immediately a place, before his eyes appear’d, sad, noisome, dark, a lazar house it seem’d, wherein were laid numbers of all diseas’d, all maladies. Demoniac phrenzy, moping melancholy, and moon struck madness, pining atrophy, marasmus, dire was the tossing, deep the groans; and over them triumphant death his dart shook, but delayd to strike, though oft invok’d. Milton’s P.L. Book XI. Verse 477.” – Caption on image.
The piece is associated with three artist: John Milton; Moses Haughton; and Johann Heinrich Fussil.