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Hell 2

In the style of Hieronymus Bosch, Hell 2, oil on canvas, The Hermitage, St. Petersburg.

Bosch was an early Netherlandish School painter whose depictions of hell have continued to fascinate over the centuries and have inspired many emulators. He signed very few of his paintings, and many copies and variations have been done over the years. Bosch lived at the end of the Hundred Years War, and the dark imagery and savagery he depicted in many of his paintings resonated with many people who have endured barbarity. This painting in the Hermitage is thought to be by one of Bosch’s students.

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