The Seven Deadly Sins and The Four Last Things (1505)

The four last things: Death, Judgement, Heaven, and Hell. The seven sins: Wrath, Envy, Greed, Gluttony, Sloth, Lust, and Pride. Piece by Hieronymus Bosch.

The Seven Deadly Sins and The Four Last Things (1505)
The Seven Deadly Sins and The Four Last Things (1505)
Eye of God
Eye of God
Death
Death
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The Lactation of Saint Bernard – Long Distance Milk Squirting, Nursing Madonna Style

These pieces of art are based on a miracle or vision concerning St Bernard of Clairvaux where the Virgin sprinkled milk on his lips.

In the art he usually kneels before a lactating Madonna, and as Jesus takes a break from feeding, the Virgin squeezes her breast and he is hit with a squirt of milk, often shown travelling an impressive distance.

The milk was said to have given Bernard wisdom, shown that the Virgin was his mother (and that of mankind generally), or cured an eye infection.

Mankind altering knowledge or an eye infection cure. Kind of a big difference, but I guess either would be impressive.

“Bernado” 1645 – Source
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The Apparition(1876) by Gustave Moreau

Against the backdrop of a lavishly decorated Salome stands out in an array of bejeweled veils, her body facing the viewer, her left arm pointing up in the air to John the Baptist’s hovering head, enclosed by a halo.

Image is in the public domain. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons. Information source Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

Head of Orpheus(1865) by Gustave Moreau

Orpheus – a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greece. Orpheus died at the hands of Maenads. Maenads are female followers of Dionysus – The God of Wine. The attack was in response to Orpheus not honoring Dionysus.

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Saint James the Elder Combating the Diabolical Enchantments of a Magician(1878)

The horrors and sacrileges committed at the Sabbath were not merely imaginary crimes; the sorcerers could not impute their misdeeds to credulity or ignorance.

The Sabbath Pg 235
The Sabbath Pg 235

Showcased in the 1878 book “Science and Literature in The Middle Ages“. Book and image is in the public domain.

Books of Martyrs – Images from a 1851 Book

Books of Martyrs, or A history of the lives, sufferings, and triumphant deaths. Full book is available for free, to read online and download.

View or Download full book at Archive.org. The book and images have no known copyright restrictions.

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History of the Indies of New-Spain and islands of Tierra Firme – Images from a 1867 Book

Some images are not as ‘wtf’ as others, but all are very interesting to see.

Source is the British Library – ‘Historia de las Indias de Nueva-Espana y islas de Tierra Firme…” You can download or view full book here. Images have no known copyright limitations.

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