An angel leading a soul into hell. Oil painting by a follower of Hieronymus Bosch.

  • Bosch, Hieronymus, -1516.
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The arrival of a naked man in hell, escorted by a winged angel clad in white. The damned already there are receiving horrendous tortures at the hands of monsters. The rotunda in the right middle-ground is similar to Virgil's tomb at Piedigrotta, near Naples: Virgil is relevant to the subject of this picture also through his narrative of Aeneas' descent to the underworld in the Aeneid and through his role as Dante's guide to the Inferno in the Divine comedy. A similar furnace-like tumulus appears in a painting of Christ's descent into limbo by a follower of Bosch, offered for sale at Sotheby's, London Olympia, 6 December 2005, lot 529 (on wood 28.5 x 42.5 cm.)

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1 painting : oil on wood ; wood 33.5 x 45.5 cm

References note

Lorne Campbell, 'Notes on Netherlandish pictures in the Veneto in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries', The Burlington magazine, 123, 1981, pp. 467-473


Wellcome Collection 44837i

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