The Fall of the Damned Peter Paul Rubens 1620 (Flanders)
In this painting, Ruben depicts the terrifying moment of God’s Last Judgment. A furious whirlwind of jumpled (not to mention “sinful”) bodies are getting dragged down to the deepest depths of hell. All those who were considered worthy in God’s eyes had already been brought comfortably to heaven where they will remain, never having to remember or worry about those who were not as fortunate as themselves because they themselves had lived a very wholesome life full of god-envy. This piece was made as part of the Counter-Reformation movement, where the church was trying at high costs to sway the masses into living dedicated lives to the church, ignoring the uproar caused by the Protestant Reformation. Wouldn’t the image of hell for the sinners in a world dominated (or that had been for a long time dominated) by the judgmental church instill enough fear in you to perhaps give in?