(b. ca. 1450, Cortona, d. 1523, Cortona)

The Damned (detail)

Chapel of San Brizio, Duomo, Orvieto

We have to isolate the individual details in order to grasp the greatness of Signorelli the 'illustrator' and the 'inventor'. For example, in this detail, the beautiful naked woman lying on the ground, screaming in fear of the terrible punishment that lies in store for her at the hands of the devil who has captured her and is now towering over her from behind, as strong and powerful as a Roman gladiator.