Based on the book "Historie of the Damnable Life and deserved death of Dr John Faustus" 1588-1592, most folks might relate this content more toward Goethe's or Marlow's work on Faust. In this painting Dr Faustus is standing at the cross roads of heaven and hell, he went with the soul for the 24 year plan. Ya see once you make this deal you have 24 years and the Devil himself cannot lie to you. 

20X24 Oil on Canvass

This was a progress shot before the painting was varnished.

This was a progress shot before the painting was varnished.