Artist : Heemskerck, Egbert van (1634 - 1704)
The two paintings Luther and Calvin entering Hell are being led to the gates of hell by a multitude of little demons, insects and imaginary animals. Seated on moving carcasses, the two reformers rather seem to enjoy their ride, as if they finally arrived at home. The two canvases were painted in England; they are both signed Egbert van Heemskerck, the name of two painters (father and son) active in England around the late 17th to early 18th century whose work is difficult to distinguish. The paintings are in a satirical vein reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch and David Teniers the Younger. They were meant for private use and probably commissioned by a Dutch-speaking patron, possibly someone close to the pro-catholic Jacobite party.
Location : Geneva (Switzerland), International Museum of the Reformation
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