Tuesday, April 17, 2012

So I am new here.

As the name implies the main concern of this blog is the Devil and everything to do with him/her/it but especially the representation in art. I want to know how did Devil, Lucifer, Mephistopheles, Satan, Snake in Genesis 3 become to be seen as one character. Is Antichrist the same figure as the Devil?

How did the 12th century Saint Hildegard’s hairy poop with a silly crooked smile (technically Antichrist not Devil), turn in to the dreamy Lucifer in Paradise Lost as presented by Dore, and then in to a well suited and sleek Al Pacino, to then be turned in to Saddam's lover in South Park and a year later to re-appear as the gorgeous Elizabeth Hurley?
Hildegard of Bingen, Illumination for. Scivias III.5 in the Rupertsberg MS.

Lucifer, Paradise Lost, Gustave Dore

"Vanity — definitely my favorite sin." (1997)
The happy Couple in South Park (1999)

Bedazzled (2000)

Why did the cross of St Peter become the symbol of Antichrist and what is so fashionable about it? 

For some reason I find this the coolest thing I've seen all week. The Hermeneutic possibilities of this are endless (especially that there are three of them and its a Barbie!)

Love and an ancient tool of execution  = a perfect match?

Hopefully this blog will turn in to something of a casual digital scrap book of everything to do with my next year’s research – an outlet for everything that I find awesome (and what others usually find lame or stupid) such as the Devil, medieval manuscripts, the Bible, popular culture, Disney and comics, churches (especially churches), contemporary art, Romanesque and Gothic art, and everything that has anything to do with art and religion (which funny enough in the West is almost everything).


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