Friday, November 30, 2007

Federico Zuccaro - The Punishments

"The punishment of the proud, study for Florence Cathedral; naked men and women descending into hell, with a three-headed winged monster devouring naked bodies, surrounded by other demonic figures, with a skeletal figure to l Pen and brown ink with brown wash and watercolour, over black chalk, with a strip of paper conjoined."


"The punishment of the Lustful, study for Florence Cathedral; naked men and women descending into hell, having their genitalia tortured by demonic figures with flaming pokers Pen and brown ink with brown wash and watercolour, with a strip of paper conjoined."



"The punishment of the Avaricious , study for Florence Cathedral; naked men and women descending into hell, being tortured by demonic figures, including a man pinned down with a pitchfork, and a woman with a money-bag tied around her neck Pen and brown ink with brown wash and watercolour, over black chalk, with a strip of paper conjoined."


"The Punishment of the Furious, study for a fresco; nude figures being tortured, serpents between and a many-headed serpent at r, two winged figures above supporting a book, a devilish figure with a pitchfork at left and a skeletal figure seated beside him Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash and watercolour, over red chalk and graphite, on three sheets conjoined."

All works are dated between 1557 - 1609. Descriptions were quoted from the British Museum online gallery. I noticed the following description for another work from this series to which there isn't any imagery available for..."The Punishment of the Slothful, study for a fresco; with tumbling male figures being forced down into the inferno with pitchforks, a bear attacking a figure at left and two horned figures supporting a book above Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash and red chalk, over graphite, on three sheets conjoined."

2 comments:

haux said...

the first image, museum description notwithstanding, is almost certainly Satan from the center of hell from Dante's Inferno. the 3 faces, and that the two outer people are being eaten legs first and the central one head first are indications that this is an illustration from that story. these are Brutus and Cassius at the sides and Judas in the middle mouth.

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