The Gates of Hell and Lucifer

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The Gates of Hell and Lucifer


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. 30v


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 gate of Hell. Amidst a crowd of demons, the great Lucifer squeezes writhing souls in his ten thousand hands as if they were in a winepress. He then tosses the crushed souls into the flames around him. Tondal's soul recognizes many of his friends and family members suffering in this infernal region.

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