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How the Devil Got His Horns: A Diabolical Tale

Art historian and critic Alastair Sooke reveals how the Devil's image was created by artists of the Middle Ages. He explores how, in the centuries between the birth of Christ and the Renaissance, visual interpretations of the Devil evolved, with the embodiment of evil appearing in different guises - tempter, tyrant, and rebellious angel. Alastair shows how artists used their imaginations to give form to Satan, whose description is absent from the Bible.

Exploring some of the most remarkable art in Europe, he tells the stories behind that art and examines the religious texts and thinking which inspired and influenced the artists. The result is a rich and unique picture of how art and religion have combined to define images of good and evil.

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1 hour

Last on

Wed 15 Jun 2016 02:00

Alastair Sooke

Alastair Sooke
Alastair Sooke in front of a projected image of Coppo di Marcovaldo’s 'Last Judgement'.  

The Last Judgement

The Last Judgement
Detail of 'The Last Judgement', by Giotto di Dondone, in the Capella Scrovegni, Padua.  


Role Contributor
WriterAlastair Sooke
PresenterAlastair Sooke
ProducerDominic Gallagher
DirectorDominic Gallagher
Executive ProducerRoss Harper