Design for Hell

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Artist: Melchior Küsel, German, 1626-1684
Year
ca. 1690

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Measurements
sheet, 11 1/4 x 14 1/2in (28.6 x 36.8cm)
Credit line
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
Accession number
TL2005.207
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In this stage scene, Hercules (identified by his lion skin) wields a club against Cerebrus, the three-headed dog guarding the entry to Hades.

In early Christian writing and medieval mystery plays, Jesus' descent into Hell before his resurrection was modelled on the underworld exploits of ancient Greek and Roman heroes.

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