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The Necromancers and Augurs   1824-27
pen, ink and watercolour over pencil and black chalk (NGV 15)
Felton Bequest, 1920
National Gallery of Victoria

Inferno XX, 1-56. This is an incident in the fourth chasm of the eighth circle, where the Sorcerers and Fortune-tellers receive their punishment, which consists of having their heads twisted backwards. Dante names seven figures in all, one of them a woman, Manto, after whom Virgil's birthplace Mantua was named; one of the men is probably her father Tiresias. Virgil and Dante look down from the rock bridge above.

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