Mouth of Hell from the Winchester Psalter

Mouth of Hell from the Winchester Psalter

Date ca. 1150

Movement Romanesque

Medium Tempera on vellum

Dimensions 12.75 x 9″

Housed at The British Library, London

 

“Here is Hell and the angel who locks the door”. This piece is Romanesque through and through: monstrous beasts gobble and terrify sinners in Hell; however, they are completely confined to the frame, or compartment, that surrounds them.