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Tondal Suffers a Seizure at Dinner
Simon Marmion (Flemish, active 1450 - 1489)
Ghent Belgium Valenciennes France (Place created)
Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment
The narrator of The Visions of the Knight Tondal began his cautionary tale with a prologue: Lord Tondal was young of age and of a very noble house...But he had one thing about him, which I cannot mention without sadness, that he was so confident in his youth, in his good looks, and in his strength, that to the salvation of his soul he never gave a thought....
In this scene, Marmion focused on the descriptive details of a familiar domestic setting and painted the scene with bright, lyrical tones. In contrast, the Hell scenes that follow are more inventive and painted in vivid colors with sharp contrasts.
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