Barlowe's Inferno

Barlowe's Inferno details artist/author Wayne Barlowe's imaginary journey to a unique and vivid depiction of Hell. A loose running narrative to the book's striking images explains that Barlowe has made an undisclosed deal in order to be taken on a tour of the Pit by Sargatanas, the Revealer of Hell, one of the Demons Major; the Demons Major are Hell's ruling class, below them serve the Demons Minor. Human souls make up the lowest rung of Hell's hierarchy and are its chief resource, being twisted and reshaped by their masters into beasts of burden, means of conveyance, war machines, building materials. Barlowe is taken around to the cities. Among them is a city, continually built on two planes: one above, hanging upside-down, one below, built by soul laborers; each time the city is completed the great molars crash together, the Sisyphean task starts anew. Other locations included are the Wargate, an "archiorganic" building filled with millions of miles of blood vessels and a slow beating heart that acts as a war drum, the living Watchtowers and their Sphinx-like guardians, the residence of one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

In the sequel, Brushfire: Illuminations from the Inferno, it is implied that Lucifer was reduced to a black substrate when he fell. This lava-like substance forms a layer, he observes as cult members, the Daughters of Lucifer, make their pilgrimage to the edge of Hell, where this black substance comes up to the surface, called Lucifer's Shroud. The current regent of Hell is Beelzebub, who rules from within his abominable palace at the heart of Dis. A third canto to Barlowe's original Inferno, God's Demon, sees the Lord Sargatanas leading a campaign against Beelzebub in order to lead demons and souls alike back Home, to the gates of Heaven itself. Fox Animation Studios had planned to create a CGI adaptation of Barlowe's Inferno, but all plans were scrapped with Titan A. E.'s the subsequent closing of the studio. A digital version of Barlowe's Inferno was included in the Divine Edition of the 2010 video game Dante's Inferno; the Divine Comedy

1603 in art

Events from the year 1603 in art. Caravaggio The Entombment of Christ Sacrifice of Isaac Peter Paul Rubens - Portrait of a Young Woman Tawaraya Sōtatsu - Poem scroll with deer Andrea Vicentino - Battle of Lepanto March 2 - Pietro Novelli, Italian painter and stage set designer June 3 - Pietro Paolini, Italian painter of still lifes and cabinet pictures date unknown Pieter Jansz van Asch, Dutch painter Cornelis Bloemaert, Dutch painter and engraver Jan Gerritsz van Bronckhorst Dutch painter and engraver of the Baroque period Paolo Antonio Barbieri, Italian painter, the brother of Guercino Filippo Brizzi, Italian painter Giovanni Battista Carlone, Italian painter active in Genoa Pietro della Vecchia, Italian painter of grotesque paintings and portraitures Hans Ulrich Franck, German historical painter and etcher Mario Nuzzi, Italian painter specializing in still life painting of flower arrangements Paulus Pontius, Flemish engraver Giovanni Quagliata, Italian painter of frescos and large canvases depicting historical and religious subjects probable Adriaen Hanneman, Dutch painter best known for his portraits of the exiled British royal court Aert van der Neer, Dutch painter Abraham Willaerts, Dutch marine painter July 23 - Santi di Tito, Italian painter of Late-Mannerist or proto-Baroque style August/September - Hendrik van Steenwijk I, Dutch painter, earliest-known painter of architectural interiors December 4 - Marten de Vos, Antwerp painter and draughtsman date unknown Étienne Dumonstier, French Renaissance portrait painter Pieter Pietersz the Elder, Dutch painter Joos van Winghe, Flemish painter