Jheronimus Bosch: The Haywain Triptych (1515)
(Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain)
a beautiful triptych from Jheronimus Bosch (1450-1516) this time. The painting is dedicated to sin. The left panel shows the origin of sin: at the top the rebel angels are cast out of heaven and are transformed into insects. Below that God creates Eve from the rib of Adam. The next image is that Adam and Eve find the tree of knowledge and take the apple which the serpent offers them. The final image of the left panel shows Adam and Even being cast out of the Garden of Eden.
The central panel shows a hay wagon being stormed by a hysterical mob, a reference to the old Flemish proverb "The world is like a hay wagon and each can take what he wants." and a metaphor of biblical origin to the ephemeral and perishable things of this world. Everybody (royalty, clergy, peasants etc) on the central panel is committing all kind of sins including murder, stealing in order to get on the hay wagon. Nobody sees God looking down to the Earth, while angels are praying. The right panel shows hell, the fate of all sinners. Painting from 1515.