FKG | ISBN 9788866371328
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The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist?. This phrase, from the film The Usual Suspects, is a perfect summary of the history of the Devil. Perceived at the beginning of time as a primordial spirit, as a real entity by Jews and Christians alike, worshipped by witches during the Middle Ages, the Inquisition saw him being burned at the stake along with his acolytes. The astonishing iconography contained in Diabolicus tells the story of a figure that is disturbing even for those that do not believe; there are Saints and heretics, exorcists and those possessed, popes and sovereigns and even the places and rites associated with the Devil. It shows how the demon has been portrayed in art, history and by different cultures, his presence in advertisements, films, literature and music and how he features in the stories that are told in newspapers and on television. Diabolicus is a journey of discovery through a dark and mysterious subject that of the thousand faces man has given to Satan, and his portrayal of the powers of the devil and the terrors of hell ? accompanied by a collection of superlative pictures many of which have rarely, if ever been seen, all selected by journalist Claudio Razeto. ILLUSTRATIONS: 900 images