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       I'm currently working on a series of paintings inspired by the medieval allegory 'Psychomachia' by the Latin poet Prudentius. The poem describes the conflict of the vices and virtues in a battle to control the soul.

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          During their journey, both players attempt to climb seven ladders that represent the virtues, while avoiding the seven snakes representing the vices.  

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       I thought I would design a snakes and ladders game to fit around the outside of the panel as the historic version of the original Indian game represents the souls journey through the battlefield. 

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          The successful soul is welcomed into heaven by two angels blowing trumpets aside a crowned heart with wings, symbolising the victorious soul.

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       I designed the game so each player began their journey at either side of a gilded plaque representing the Garden of Eden, where the ancient serpent sat curled beneath the stylised apple trees.

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          The centre of each panel is reserved for the personifications of the vices and the virtues and will hopefully add to the appearance of a medieval illuminated manuscript.