The House of Phristinus

Simon Marmion1475

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Traveling through darkness, the angel and the soul of Tondal arrive at a building shaped like an oven and as tall as a mountain. As fire spews forth from an opening in this structure, devils spear all who come within reach, dismembering them and casting them into the fire. Again the soul of Tondal is told that if he does not change his ways, he will suffer for his sins. He hears the crying and moaning of innumerable souls who are racked by insatiable hunger and whose genitals are rotten with worms. As in the rest of the story, the punishment meted out to the gluttons and fornicators in this portion of hell is cleverly tailored to the individual sins. The artist used color to distinguish the calm radiance of the angel, in a blue gown with gold highlights, from the demon executioners, who are barely distinguishable from their dark and fiery world.

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  • Title: The House of Phristinus
  • Date Created: 1475
  • Location Created: Ghent, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: w26.2 x h36.3 cm
  • Type: Folio
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  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=2378
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Simon Marmion (Flemish, active 1450 - 1489)
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  • Subject: Guardian Angels, Demons