Horns, a pointy mustache, and a spiked tail; why does Satan look the way he does today? The visuals of Satan have evolved over centuries to create the stereotypical Devil that has become familiar to modern viewers. Medieval artists borrowed from both the Greeks and Egyptians to depict Satan as a terrifying beast - he was often shown ruling over Hell, tormenting the souls of the damned. By the 16th century, artists began to depict Satan walking the Earth, harassing the living, and working with witches to wreak havoc on society. Satan has also appeared as a goat or a creature with enormous bat wings. This visual Satanic evolution continued in the 18th and 19th centuries, introducing the concept of Satan as a tragic figure or trickster.
Let's say you want to know how to sell your soul to the Devil or how to summon Satan. What will the Devil look like when he arrives? Is he a blue angel? A furry beast? A man dressed in black? The oldest pictures of Satan look nothing like modern imagery, and some pictures of the Devil are practically unrecognizable today. Here's how Satan has evolved over time.
The Satan Of The Byzantine Empire Was Blue, Not Red
Meister Von Torcello's Satan Draws On Egyptian Traditions
Coppo di Marcovaldo's Satan Is A Demonized Form Of The Greek God Pan
Medieval Artists Transformed Satan Into A Hybrid Beast
Cornelis Galle Trapped Lucifer In The Center Of The Earth
The Limbourg Brothers Depicted Satan As A Furry Beast Who Ruled Over Hell