Art The Most Nightmarish Depictions Of Hell Ever Conceived  

Lea Rose Emery
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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, c. 1520 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Nightmarish Depictions Of Hell Ever Conceived
Photo:  By Anonymous (http://www.ci.uc.pt/artes/6spp/a2.html) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Casting The Damned Into Hell — Hans Memling, c. 1467-1471


Casting The Damned Into Hell ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Nightmarish Depictions Of Hell Ever Conceived
Photo:  Hans Memling (circa 1433–1494) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Das Jüngste Gericht — Fra Angelicoate, 1432-1435


Das Jüngste Gericht — Fra Ange... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Nightmarish Depictions Of Hell Ever Conceived
Photo:  Fra Angelico (circa 1395–1455) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Torments Of Hell — Attributed To Carl Ludwig Beutle, c. 1669


Torments Of Hell — Attributed ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Nightmarish Depictions Of Hell Ever Conceived
Photo:  Carl Ludwig Beutler / Pater Athanasius (1638 - 1683) (Yale University Art Gallery) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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