CANTO XIX - Simoniacs

by: Stef Bastian

Artist: Stef Bastian

Size: 22" (h) x 15" (w) / 56 x 38cm

Type: Original Artwork

Watercolor and Gouache on Arches 300gr Cold Press paper

CANTO XIX - Simoniacs

In this canto, Dante uses an invective against Simon Magus, a religious figure who attempted to buy the power to invoke the Holy Spirit, to describe the third bolgia. Simon Magus is the origin of the word "simony," which refers to buying or selling spiritual goods. The sinners in this bolgia, referred to as Simoniacs, are buried upside down with their feet burning in flames. This contrasts with their intended life of dedicating themselves to heavenly matters, and instead, they accumulated wealth.

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