BASKIN: Visions of Hell in Art

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“Who likes art?” “We do!”

There are still screenings of Baskin and The Devil’s Candy for you to feast your eyes on–and potentially for hell-creatures to feast on your eyes. (We are legally and morally obligated to warn you of the possiblity that hell-creatures will feast on your eyes during Baskin and The Devil’s Candy. But we assure you that it is totally worth it. In fact, we’re certain you won’t mind).

So why not look at some more pictures of hell and hell pictures while you’re waiting to catch the next screening of Baskin or The Devil’s Candy. Or even to let bore into your mind as you wait in line for Southbound. I’m sure there’s nothing diabolical about that horror anthology. Horror anthologies never involve hell… or paintings… What could it hurt to take a peek?

 “I could use some inspiration…

We usually see Hieronymous Bosch’s depiction of hell from “Garden of Earthly Delights,” but I thought for a change, let’s just contemplate, “An Angel Leading A Soul Into Hell.”

 “And here’s the Infernal Panopticon. And there’s the guy who chops people up for eternity…”

Here the Devil’s and his stomach pal have popped out of Hell to remind everyone that there is no redemption in Hell. Of course, a lot more people read Latin in 1485, so you’d have to be around then to really appreciate the concision of the warning. Especially when he has a cute bat head.

Don’t be fooled by the cute bat head!

An intriguing Hellmouth from the Winchester Psalter (1225). It is one head or two? It a face or  a vase? THAT IS THE HORROR OF HELL!

Everybody in? Good, I’m locking the Gate to Hell. Watch your tails!

A Hellmouth from a French translation of St. Augustine’s The City Of God with very diligent demons and overworked angels.

It’s like an infernal Pac-Man.

This painting is also French. It’s from Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry. The Devil has a really upset stomach.

Satan really overdid it on the people-eating.

Meanwhile, in an 1861 Yoshimori blockprint, bad dogs are being judged in Hell. Really bad, bad dogs.

I don’t even want to know what these dogs did.

And skeletons are up to all kinds of business, while Hell Courtesan dozes (Kyosai, 1874).

Bored now.

But Hell’s never boring with Midnight Madness! See more visions of Hell in Baskin and some more hellish art in The Devil’s Candy



BASKIN Final Screening:

Thu, Sept 17, 6:00 PM SCOTIABANK

The Devil’s Candy Final Screening:

Sat, Sept 19, 1:15 PM SCOTIABANK

This post was originally published on the official program blog of the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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