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Satan at the Gate of Hell with Sin and Death, a study for the painting The Gates of Hell
Satan at the Gate of Hell with Sin and Death, a study for the painting The Gates of Hell
ca. 1705–1708
Not on display
Black Chalk With Pen And Brown Ink On Laid Paper
Image: 335 x 244 mm (13 3/16 x 9 5/8 in.)
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Provenance: Joseph Green Cogswell; Mortimer Leo Schiff; Moore S. Achenbach;
Cogswell no.66 , Hellman no.121, repr. pl. XXVII, as “Satan and Death” by Giacomo del Po (George S. Hellman, Original Drawings by the Old Masters: The Collection formed by Joseph Green Cogswell, 1786-1871, New York: privately published, 1915).

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Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts

Exhibition History:

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal( also Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina): Dessin italiens aux États-Unis et au Canada, 1970, exh. cat. by Walter Vitzhum, no. 72;
Vitzhum, Walter.“Giacomo del Po, illustrateur de Milton”. L’Oeil no. 190 (1970), pp. 28-30, as “ The Gates of Hell”[see reprint in file, also letters from Dr. Vitzhum to AFGA director E.G. Troche (4/13/70), Troche to Dr. Vitzhum (4/22/70) and Vitzhum’s reply (6/10/70]: work dated ca. 1708-1712 on stylistic grounds and specifically based on a 1705 edition of the poem printed in London;
Detroit Institute of Arts (also Chicago and Naples): The Golden Age of Naples, Art and Civilization under the Bourbons 1734-1805, 1981, exh.. cat. ed. Marina Causa Piccone, cat. no. 90, p. 266, repr. p. 266, as “The Gates of Hell” [see copy in file], noting influence on the artist of Solimena and Giordano;
Miller, Dwight C. “Another Drawing by Giacomo del Po for Milton’s Paradise Lost’”. Master Drawings , Vol. 28, no. 2( 1990), 181-185 [see reprint in file], with identification of the specific title, “Satan at the Gate of Hell with Sin and Death”, distinguishing it from the Stanford drawing, also for Paradise Lost.

male figure with horns and wings, a skeletal figure and a female nude, two fierce open-mouthed dogs, diabolical forms in the heavens