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A Glimpse into Hell, or Fear

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1888/98

Artist:

Elihu Vedder
American, 1836–1923

About this artwork

Elihu Vedder probed questions of the mind in his paintings and illustrations, creating complex, visionary compositions often centered on literary or spiritual subject matter. The lunette A Glimpse into Hell, or Fear is drawn from 14th-century poet Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, the first part of his epic poem, Divine Comedy. Here, five females confront the gate of Hell. Beholding such a sight, they express apprehension and fear, accentuated by the swirling forms of their draperies and hair. Vedder focused on the figures’ psychological tension, rather than the spectacle of the environs itself, depicting only a sliver of fiery flames at bottom left.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Elihu Vedder

Title

A Glimpse into Hell, or Fear

Origin

Rome

Date

c. 1888–1898

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

40 × 52.4 cm (15 3/4 × 20 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.776

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