Henry Fuseli

Satan leaving the gate of Hell, guarded by Sin and Death

Satan leaving the gate of Hell, guarded by Sin and Death by Henry Fuseli

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John Milton’s narrative poem Paradise Lost retells the Biblical story of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden or Paradise, alongside the story of Satan. The rebel angel Lucifer is driven out of heaven after attempting to war with God, and is sent to hell with his followers. Lucifer (now Satan) wishes to find a new world from which he can exact his revenge on heaven. In Fuseli’s drawing his two offspring, Sin and Death, unbar the gates of hell, allowing him to fly towards Earth, a journey which foretells the Fall of Humankind.

Title
Satan leaving the gate of Hell, guarded by Sin and Death
Artist/creator
Production date
1821
Medium
pencil with grey wash, brown wash and yellow wash
Dimensions
398 x 301 mm
Inscription
P.H. [Putney Hill] 7 May 21. 2 May 23 (in pencil).
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/77
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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