The levels of hell depicted as circular stone tiers; purgatory lies outside its walls. Engraving.
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On the tiers over which the monster presides are a labelled hierarchy of sins and sinners: The topmost is marked 'Idolatræ' and shows broken statues, including a severed female head and Hercules with no feet, clutching a staff. The second level is marked 'Judaei ob...' and shows Jews, some praying, some reading the Bible blindfolded. The third is marked 'Haere' showing heretics reading books. The lowermost tier has two partitions that we can see, labelled 'Gula' (gluttony) and 'Invidia' (Envy). The former shows scenes of devils force-feeding women and one woman being sick. The latter shows devils beating and whipping naked men. On the other side of the grand wall of hell, the occupants of purgatory are divided between those being lifted out by angels, and those succumbing to the flames. To the right of this cavity, a man (marked 'oratio'), kneels behind a pope (marked 'indulgentia') who holds a glass before an altar marked 'sacrificium'. A scene nearby shows a confession, marked 'eleemosyna'
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