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25 Pictures of Devils in Art

Updated on January 14, 2017

The devil has been depicted in different forms in different cultures throughout history always associated with humans dark side and often described as creatures like serpents, dragons and fallen angels with power to send evil suggestions into the human hearts.

As evil had no physical attributes, artists created them. The evil forces were personified as far as the ancient Egyptians where Seth is the god of storms and war.
From then on, we can find devils all over different religions, sometimes mixing particular physical elements from distinctive cultural representations. Christian versions of the devil, for example, gathered the horns and tail from the Egyptian god Bes and the cloven feet from the Greek god Pan.

Devils often have their own home like hell, underworld and other punishment places, usually depicted as afterlife and eternal destinations.
Christian versions of the devil appear frequently in Western art, generally in Medieval and Renaissance European art.

Medieval illustration of Hell in the Hortus deliciarum manuscript of Herrad of Landsberg (about 1180)
Medieval illustration of Hell in the Hortus deliciarum manuscript of Herrad of Landsberg (about 1180) | Source
Other names for the Devil
 
 
Antichrist
Beast
Beelzebub
Dragon
Lucifer
Mephistopholes
Power of darkness
Satan
Wicked one
Sculpture in the Devils' Museum in Lithuania, that exhibits sculptures and carvings of devils from all over the world. The collection was initiated by painter Antanas Zmuidzinavicius (1876/1966).
Sculpture in the Devils' Museum in Lithuania, that exhibits sculptures and carvings of devils from all over the world. The collection was initiated by painter Antanas Zmuidzinavicius (1876/1966). | Source
Detail of Berendonck's crucifixion group at St Victor's Cathedral, Xanten, Germany
Detail of Berendonck's crucifixion group at St Victor's Cathedral, Xanten, Germany | Source
By Josef Stammel (1695-1765)  Admont Abbey library, Austria
By Josef Stammel (1695-1765) Admont Abbey library, Austria | Source
Central Gate Notre Dame Paris
Central Gate Notre Dame Paris | Source

The name of the Devils in World Religions

Zoroastrianism - Ahriman

Buddhism - Māra

Judaism and Christianity - Satan, The Devil, Lucifer

Islam - Shaitan, Iblis

Norse Religions - Nidhogg

Polytheism, Hinduism - Not Applicable, because in polytheistic religions many mythical creatures have both evil and good characteristics.


Bad Doberan ( Mecklenburg ). Minster: Altar of Cross - Christ side ( 1370s ): Job gets mocked by his wife and the devil.
Bad Doberan ( Mecklenburg ). Minster: Altar of Cross - Christ side ( 1370s ): Job gets mocked by his wife and the devil. | Source
Waldburg ( Upper Austria ). Saint Mary Magdalene parish church: Altar ( 1520 ) of Saint Wolfgang, by Lienhart Krapfenbacher
Waldburg ( Upper Austria ). Saint Mary Magdalene parish church: Altar ( 1520 ) of Saint Wolfgang, by Lienhart Krapfenbacher | Source
The weighing of the souls. Saint Mary Magdalene of Vézelay, France
The weighing of the souls. Saint Mary Magdalene of Vézelay, France | Source
Saint-Barthelemy Church, Montsapey, France
Saint-Barthelemy Church, Montsapey, France | Source
Saint-Martin de L'Isle-Adam Church,  France
Saint-Martin de L'Isle-Adam Church, France | Source
Statue The Temptation of St Anthony in Saint Anthony's Cave (1903) in Crupet, Assesse, Namur, Belgium.
Statue The Temptation of St Anthony in Saint Anthony's Cave (1903) in Crupet, Assesse, Namur, Belgium. | Source
 A depiction of Satan tempting Jesus and offering him bread, by Bastien Prigent. The Calvary at Plougonven, Brittany, France
A depiction of Satan tempting Jesus and offering him bread, by Bastien Prigent. The Calvary at Plougonven, Brittany, France | Source
Relief of the fall of a devil on a lateral entrance on the facade of the Saint-Martin cathedral in Colmar, France.
Relief of the fall of a devil on a lateral entrance on the facade of the Saint-Martin cathedral in Colmar, France. | Source
The little devil from the Pont Valentre (Cahors, France), placed during the 1879 restoration.
The little devil from the Pont Valentre (Cahors, France), placed during the 1879 restoration. | Source
Job, stained glass from the Sainte-Chapelle. 15th century - Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris.
Job, stained glass from the Sainte-Chapelle. 15th century - Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris. | Source
Church of the Good Shepherd,  Lyon, France - 1882 stained glass.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lyon, France - 1882 stained glass. | Source
The figure of a Devil supporting the Holy Water Stoup. Rennes-le-Chateau, France
The figure of a Devil supporting the Holy Water Stoup. Rennes-le-Chateau, France | Source
Descent of Christ to Limbo (detail)  between 1365 and 1368, Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy
Descent of Christ to Limbo (detail) between 1365 and 1368, Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy | Source
French political cartoon 1815
French political cartoon 1815 | Source
Lucifer waiting for the Last Judgement Livre de la Vigne nostre Seigneur f. 067v 1450-1470
Lucifer waiting for the Last Judgement Livre de la Vigne nostre Seigneur f. 067v 1450-1470 | Source
Ceiling of the dome of the chapel of the house of Saint Pius V (1566-1572) decorated with frescoes by painters Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) and Federico Zucarri (1529-1566) - Vatican
Ceiling of the dome of the chapel of the house of Saint Pius V (1566-1572) decorated with frescoes by painters Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) and Federico Zucarri (1529-1566) - Vatican | Source
The Great Red Dragon and the Beast from the Sea, William Blake, 1805  National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The Great Red Dragon and the Beast from the Sea, William Blake, 1805 National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. | Source
Tile with Christ and the Devil, Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, Holland
Tile with Christ and the Devil, Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, Holland | Source
The hell mosaic 13th century, Marcovaldo baptisterium, Florence, Italy
The hell mosaic 13th century, Marcovaldo baptisterium, Florence, Italy | Source
Adam and Eve This painting is coming from a copy of the Falnameh (Book of Omens) ascribed to Ja'far al-Sadiq.
Adam and Eve This painting is coming from a copy of the Falnameh (Book of Omens) ascribed to Ja'far al-Sadiq. | Source

To talk to someone who does not listen is enough to tense the devil.

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