Ten Very Disturbing Pieces of Art to Prepare You for the Apocalypse

Hell, illustration from St. Augustine's manuscript De civitate Dei libri XXII (The city of God), 412-426.jpg
Hell, as depicted in St. Augustine's text, City of God

2.) Artwork from De Civitate Dei, (City of God), a text by St. Augustine
Here's the deal with the fifth century: Those people loved drawing animalistic hellmouths. They're everywhere, and often they have multiple faces so they can eat the sinners more efficiently. In theory, it should scare you into doing better deeds and all that, and maybe back then it did. Today, I kind of want that picture in my kitchen. Also, I'm not a fan of neck tattoos, but if you're getting one for the end of the world, you really can't top a good hellmouth.

The Garden of Earthly Delights, by Hieronymus Bosch

1.) The Garden of Earthly Delights, by Hieronymus Bosch (weirdo)
It's almost a cliche to name this as the best judgement picture -- it has a dorm wall feel to it. Still, Bosch was the original weirdo and who do you turn to in the final moments? Freaks, that's who. They make you feel pulled-together and calm, comparatively. I mean, I've never considered painting a bird that poops souls to damnation or pigs dressed as nuns making out with the tortured. That's the Bosch zone, but come Friday night, we might all live there. Go ahead, get the lay of the land.

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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The Bosch, hands down.  He captured surreal visions in a way that wouldn't be seen until four centuries later.

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