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Blake Dante Hell V

"The Lovers' Whirlwind, Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta" by William Blake, 1824 - 1827, quill Pen, ink and watercolor, Birmingham Museum, U.K. This painting shows perfectly the human lust. In fact, in Dante's hand, by analogy, the lustfuls as in life became overwhelmed by passions, so now they are dragged by the storm.

Lustful Angel is based off of one of the seven deadly sins of hell. Lust or lechery is an intense desire. It is usually thought of as excessive sexual want; however, the word was originally a general term for desire. Therefore lust could involve the intense desire of money, food, fame, or power as well. In Dante's Purgatorio, the penitent walks within flames to purge himself of lustful/sexual thoughts and feelings. In Dante's Inferno, unforgiven souls of the sin of lust are blown about in restless hurricane-like winds symbolic of their own lack of self-control to their lustful passions in earthly life.