The Torment of the Proud - Valley of Burning Sulphur

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The Torment of the Proud - Valley of Burning Sulphur


Simon Marmion (Flemish, active 1450 - 1489)




Valenciennes France Europe Ghent Belgium Europe (Place created)




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

Object Number:

Ms. 30, fol. 15v

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The angel leads Tondal's soul across a narrow bridge, "in width barely one foot" and "much more than a thousand feet in length." Tondal's soul hears the piteous moans of souls of "the proud, the ungrateful, and the presumptuous" from below as they tumble into the deep valley.

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