The Torment of Unbelievers and Heretics

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The Torment of Unbelievers and Heretics


Simon Marmion (Flemish, active 1450 - 1489)




Valenciennes France Ghent Belgium (Place created)




Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment

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The angel leads Tondal's soul to a narrow pass at the foot of a mountain where demons torment unbelievers and heretics. The fiends first cast the sinners into great stinking fires of sulphur on one side of the pass. On the other side, the fiends haul the sinners out with red-hot hooks and drag them into abysses of cold, jagged ice. As the narrator describes the torture, "From bad to worse, the souls were treated without hope of ever leaving."

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