Continental School (19th Century)

Seven Panels of the Spanish Inquisition

 7 Scene’s of the Spanish Inquisition. Each panel is an oil on canvas. 79 x 43 inches.

The Inquisition was a powerful office set up within the Catholic Church to root out and punish heresy throughout Europe and the Americas. Beginning in the 12th century and continuing for hundreds of years, the Inquisition is infamous for the severity of its tortures and its persecution of Jews and Muslims. Its worst manifestation was in Spain, where the Spanish Inquisition was a dominant force for more than 200 years, resulting in some 32,000 executions.