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Minos   1824-27
pen and watercolour over pencil and black chalk (NGV 5)
Felton Bequest, 1920
National Gallery of Victoria

Inferno V, 1-24. Dante and Virgil have descended from the first circle of Hell down into the second, that of the Carnal Sinners. Minos charges the souls as they appear according to how they clasp each other, sending them to a suitable punishment. He warns Dante to beware where he is entering and also whom he trusts; Virgil tells Minos not to impede their progress.

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