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Inferno According to Dante Alighieri in "The Divine Comedy", 1612
After drawing by Bernardino Poccetti, 1612. Published by Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi, Rome
Etching. 734 x 867 mm
Inventory number: E1707
In Dante, the centre of the Earth is home to the lowest peak of funnel-shaped Hell. Satan dwells here. From this place a passage leads to the Mountain of Purgatory. Bernardino Poccetti was inspired by Dante’s poem, but depicts Hell as a six-tiered pyramid with Satan at the top. The lower righthand corner shows the children’s limbo. In the top right side Christ leads a number of figures from the Old Testament. Purgatory can be seen in the top left-hand corner where angels arrive to save human souls.