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"Hell" detail from Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights

The Hell

Finally, the rightmost panel illustrates Hell. People are treated to various nightmarish torments including being eaten by a giant bird and defecating coins. The seven deadly sins are featured prominently throughout.

  • The bird sitting in the chair eating the man is supposed to be Satan himself.
  • The face staring out from under the dish holding the pink bagpipes is said to be a portrait of Bosch himself.
  • The woman near the bottom, under the bird's chair, in the clutches of a monster, staring into a mirror (which is also the rear end of some creature), is guilty of the deadly sin of pride (vanity).
  • The person defecating coins into the pit under the bird's chair is guilty of the deadly sin of avarice.
  • The man nearby, vomiting into the same pit, is guilty of the deadly sin of gluttony.

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