The Fright Fest 2014 Art Departement has “Dante’s Inferno” as theme…
You’ve probably heard this somewhere, but if you want to know more, visit Wikipedia
Dante was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages
Inferno had been published by 1317.
On the surface, the poem describes Dante’s travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven
Dante going through the nine circles of Hell, representing a gradual increase in wickedness, and culminating at the centre of the earth, where Satan is held in bondage.
Each circle’s sinners are punished in a fashion fitting their crimes: each sinner is afflicted for all of eternity by the chief sin he committed.
People who sinned but prayed for forgiveness before their deaths are found not in Hell but in Purgatory, where they labour to be free of their sins.
Those in Hell are people who tried to justify their sins and are unrepentant.
For this Frightfest 2014 ‘Dante’s Inferno’ I took the last circle.
The lowest circle, blackest, and farthest from Heaven represents Treachery.
Satan’s waist is deep in ice, weeping tears from his six eyes, and beating his six wings as if trying to escape, although the icy wind that emanates only further ensures his imprisonment (as well as that of the others in the ring)
Lucifer’s (satan) three faces (black, yellow, and red) parody the doctrine of the Holy Trinity: three persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) in one divine nature the Divine Power, Highest Wisdom, and Primal Love which also created the gates of Hell
“he had three faces: one in front bloodred;
and then another two that, just above
the midpoint of each shoulder, joined the first;
and at the crown, all three were reattached;
the right looked somewhat yellow, somewhat white;
the left in its appearance was like those
who come from where the Nile, descending, flows.”
The sinners who are covered wholly by ice, / showing like straw in glass- some lying prone, / and some erect, some with the head towards us, / the others with the bottoms of the feet; another like a bow bent feet to face.
As Satan beats his wings, he creates a cold wind which continues to freeze the ice surrounding him, and the other sinners in the Ninth Circle.
The winds he creates are felt throughout the other circles of Hell.
From here there is no return…
more to come …