Study for Serpents Sent to Destroy the Sinners, Physica Sacra

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In the foreground a group of men in robes, in various states of undress, are shown writhing on the ground at the base of a mountain or hill. A bearded man on the right is on his knees, facing his right with his hands clasped in prayer. A large serpent appears in front of them, with his body partially wrapped around the right portion of the picture frame. A mountainous landscape that includes a building with two turrets can be seen in the background. Another large serpent is partially wrapped around the picture frame on the left side, and his curving body extends below the bottom portion of the frame. The elaborately ornamented frame also includes decorative masks, tree limbs, and fire-breathing creatures that resemble serpents or snakes. Made in: Zürich, Switzerland. Date: 1720s. Record ID: chndm_1940-110-8.

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