Detail of Panel 6: King Minos, Judge of the Damned

 Detail of the finished painting of King Minos, Judge of the Damned

Detail of the finished painting of King Minos, Judge of the Damned

Here is a detail of the imposing figure of King Minos.  This was a fantastic figure to paint and it was my desire to have him at the focal point of the composition.  You can see in the distance the mass of condemned souls being ushered behind him to be judged by a group of demons into the second circle of hell.  The mass will culminate in a line in front of Minos.  As a viewer, you have the feeling of being both in the position of Dante and Virgil and the souls in line waiting their turn.  The composition also utilizes a "circle-like" formation of that line of souls emphasizing the second circle of hell and the circular, serpentine nature of the tail of King Minos which will determine the fate of each soul.