Artwork Title: The Treasures of Satan - Artist Name: Jean Delville

The Treasures of Satan

Jean Delville, 1895

Delville emphasized the perils of materialism and sensuality in an image of souls ensnared by Satan's tentacles: The Treasures of Satan... In this work the voluptuous sinners are not so much being punished as they are being trapped at a low level of spiritual evolution. The depths of the sea corresponds to their low development. They are trapped by being fixated on material treasures: jewels, pearls, and sensuality. They are also the...

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