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The Torment of Thieves: Tondal Leads a Cow Across a Nail-studded Bridge

Simon Marmion1475

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

In the part of hell reserved for thieves, Tondal must lead a cow over a narrow bridge in penance for once having stolen a cow from a friend. At the midpoint of the bridge, which is only as wide as his hand and studded with sharp iron nails, Tondal encounters another sinner carrying sheaves of wheat. Miraculously, Tondal and the man pass each other and make it across without falling into the pit of demons below.

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  • Title: The Torment of Thieves: Tondal Leads a Cow Across a Nail-studded Bridge
  • Date Created: 1475
  • Location Created: Ghent, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: w26.2 x h36.3 cm
  • Type: Folio
  • Rights: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=2377
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Simon Marmion (Flemish, active 1450 - 1489)
  • Terms of Use: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • Subject: Guardian Angels, Demons, Hell, Cows

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