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The Most Nightmarish Depictions Of Hell Ever Conceived 

Lea Rose Emery
Updated December 6, 2019 6.8k votes 1.4k voters 74.5k views 20 items

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Wondering what hell looks like has long been a fascination of artists. Much of what people know of hell comes from 'eyewitness' accounts, alleged gateways, and the occasional Biblical reference. Yet, you still find countless depictions of hell in all forms of art, and many paintings of hell get particularly unnerving. Even if you're not religious—or you are religious but have no belief in hell—seeing artwork depicting hell, with the torture and the fire and the unknowable horror, can leave you feeling uneasy.

And these pictures of hell come from all over the place—they span centuries and styles, beliefs and countries. But the one thing that they have in common? They're all just super effed up. You don't have to be an art history major to appreciate the creativity behind these works—some inspired by descriptions from Dante and others just pulled straight from the darkest corners of the imagination.

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Inferno — Anonymous, c. 1520
Inferno — Anonymous... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Nightmarish Depictions Of Hell Ever Conceived
Photo: Anonymous/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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Casting The Damned Into Hell — Hans Memling, c. 1467-1471
Casting The Damned Into ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Nightmarish Depictions Of Hell Ever Conceived
Photo:  Hans Memling/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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Das Jüngste Gericht — Fra Angelicoate, 1432-1435
Das Jüngste Gericht... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Nightmarish Depictions Of Hell Ever Conceived
Photo:  Fra Angelico/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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Torments Of Hell — Attributed To Carl Ludwig Beutle, c. 1669
Torments Of Hell — ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Nightmarish Depictions Of Hell Ever Conceived
Photo:  Carl Ludwig Beutler/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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