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Capaneus the Blasphemer   1824-27
pen, ink and watercolour (NGV 12)
Felton Bequest, 1920
National Gallery of Victoria

Inferno XIV, 46-72. Dante and Virgil are now in the third ring of the seventh circle, where those who have done violence against God, nature or art are punished. Capaneus, who had committed violence against God, was one of the seven kings who besieged Thebes. He defied Jupiter and was killed by a thunderbolt. Dante describes him as lying proud and disdainful, apparently unaffected by the flames.

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