Demons Dragging Tondal into the Infernal Cistern

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Demons Dragging Tondal into the Infernal Cistern


Simon Marmion (Flemish, active 1450 - 1489)




Ghent Belgium Europe Valenciennes France Europe (Place created)




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

Object Number:

Ms. 30, fol. 29


Leaf: 36.3 × 26.2 cm (14 5/16 × 10 5/16 in.)

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The angel takes Tondal's soul to the Cistern of Hell, where demons cook sinners' souls in a pit filled with a foul-smelling whirlwind of flame. To the despair of Tondal's soul, demons drag him into the pit and threaten to take him to their prince, Lucifer. Suddenly, however, the angel once again comes to Tondal's aid, driving the demons away and comforting him.

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