Name that picture.
December 30, 2014 12:58 PM   Subscribe

Painting which I saw in a Venice art gallery (I think) showing God holding balance with people on each pan. A small demon (imp) is shown pushing up one of the scale pans with a small trident, while sneakily peeping to see if God can see him. I'd love to know the name of the painting and the artist.
posted by tomtootles to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Are you sure it was God and not St Michael (Michael has wings)? St Michael is often shown with scales weighing souls.
posted by Thing at 1:08 PM on December 30, 2014

Something like this or this? I doubt these are the painting you are describing, but was it this scene?
posted by Thing at 1:28 PM on December 30, 2014

Thing's second "this" link looks like it fits the bill, except that the demon is pulling one guy down (which makes more sense for demons to be doing).
posted by beagle at 1:37 PM on December 30, 2014

There are two Guarientos depicting Michael weighing souls while fighting off a demon in the Civic Museum of Padua, which is pretty close to Venice... See the images on Guariento's Italian Wikipedia page here.
posted by mr_roboto at 3:29 PM on December 30, 2014

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