Image from page 131 of "Christian iconography; or, The history of Christian art in the middle ages" (1851)
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Fig. 171.—SATAN n; missal of poitiem. 120 CHRISTIAN ICONOGRAPHY. [D.] portrayed in numterlees circles around him. Although,
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Fig. 172.—DEvn, in campo santo, pisa. according to Vasari, Orcagna in this work drew much ofhis inspiration from Dante, yet his is not the three- [d.] SATAN IN BYZANTINE AET. 121 faced monster of the poets Inferno^ canto xxxiv. [M.Didron discovers a great resemblance between this Pisandevil and the great Satan in the Last Judgmenton the west wall of the principal church in the Conventof St. Gregory at Mount Athos. The latter is naked, andcarries the enormous key of hell hanging to his waist. Ahuman form, fat and gross, but with a long and powerfultail. His feet and hands have eagles claws, an ox headand horns, and a goats beard. Flames issue from theeyes and mouth. He holds a little naked being (one of thedamned) in his left hand, squeezing him against his sidetill fire gushes from his mouth ; with his right hand hedirects another little devil to carry a basket full of thescrolls in which the evil deeds of men are chronicled, todeliver to the angel who weighs mens souls in thebalanc
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