The Furnace (16th Century) By Unknown

The color scheme of this piece only emphasizes the involved flames. 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.

This image is from the book “Hours of Henry II, King of France”. The full book is free to read online via The National Library of France(BNF).

The Furnace (16th Century) By Unknown

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The Last Judgement (15th Century) By Hans Memling

Panels in order: Second Coming of Jesus Christ; Jesus sitting in Judgement on the World; and Saint Michael the Archangel weighing souls. The poor people who didn’t make the cut in the last panel, get sent to Hell.

The Last Judgement (15th Century) By Hans Memling

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The Sirens and Ulysses (1837) By William Etty

This depicts a scene from Homer’s Odyssey. Ulysses resists the enchanting song of the sirens by having his crew tie him up. Furthermore, he orders the men to cover/block their own ears, as not to be captivated either.

The Sirens and Ulysses (1837) By William Etty

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The Torment of Saint Anthony (15th Century) By Michelangelo

Saint Anthony is being tormented and attacked by demons. They are carrying the Saint away, into the desert. These demons had tried to tempt Anthony with sin, but he resisted them.

The Torment of Saint Anthony (15th Century) By Michelangelo

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The Blinded Samson (1912) By Lovis Corinth

Samson was known for many things: slaying a lion with his bare hands; killing an entire army with only the jawbone of a donkey; having super human strength from his magic hair.

Sadly, his hair was cut in his sleep, so he lost his powers. He was then blinded, insulted, and enslaved. He died by asking god for his long hair/power, and then destroying the building in which he and his captors were in.

Hardcore.

The Blinded Samson (1912) By Lovis Corinth

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