The Fall of the Damned – painting by Dieric Bouts

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The Fall of the Damned – circa 1450 – is an oil on wood Christian religious-themed painting by Dieric Bouts, an Early Netherlandish artist.

The painting depicts the torture of the damned by demons in the afterlife for sins they committed on Earth, and as such, was a common theme in Medieval Europe when religion was used by the Church and Royalty to scare the largely ignorant populace.

Hieronymus Bosch painted similar, more infamous depictions of Hell in his The Garden of Earthy Delights triptych.

The painting is currently on show to the public at the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille.

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