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The Wall of Heaven Where the Bad But Not Very Bad are in Temporary Discomfort

Simon Marmion1475

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

After visiting the depths of Hell, the angel leads Tondal¿s soul to Heaven, where he comes upon people standing in niches in a very high wall. Although they are exposed to the wind and rain, the souls are not tormented in any other way. These people, the angel explains, ¿did not commit great evil,¿ but neither did they share their worldly goods generously with the poor. To set up a contrast with the dark, fiery images of Hell, a cool luminescence pervades the scenes of Heaven.

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  • Title: The Wall of Heaven Where the Bad But Not Very Bad are in Temporary Discomfort
  • 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=2383
  • 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, Heaven

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