This Currier & Ives lithograph depicts the devil watering the Tree of Death while the sinner, a skeleton, attempts to chop it down. In the marvelous way of 19th C. religious illustrations, everything is helpfully labeled: the tree grows in the soil of unbelief, stormclouds of wrath loom in the background, and the tree gives fruit to myriad sins: “Despising Good Men,” “Lasciviousness,” “Love of the World,” and more! This is a wonderful print that should be viewed in its largest form at the Library of Congress website for lots of background treats. (source)
(Of course this caught my eye because the fruit of the Tree of Death look, in smaller version, like Christmas ornaments. Happy holidays!)

This Currier & Ives lithograph depicts the devil watering the Tree of Death while the sinner, a skeleton, attempts to chop it down. In the marvelous way of 19th C. religious illustrations, everything is helpfully labeled: the tree grows in the soil of unbelief, stormclouds of wrath loom in the background, and the tree gives fruit to myriad sins: “Despising Good Men,” “Lasciviousness,” “Love of the World,” and more! This is a wonderful print that should be viewed in its largest form at the Library of Congress website¬†for lots of background treats. (source)

(Of course this caught my eye because the fruit of the Tree of Death look, in smaller version, like Christmas ornaments. Happy holidays!)