Jheronimus Bosch (disputed): The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things (1500)


(Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain)

A painting by a either the Dutch artist Jheronimus Bosch (1450-1516) or a follower. This piece is an allegory. In the center is a cirkel which in turn is divided into 7 parts and a separate center. In the four corners are also four cirkels. Visible in the center is Christ as the Man of Sorrows (a depiction of Christ with his wounds of his Passion). This also represents the all-seeing eye of God. The latin text beneath Christ reads: Cave cave d[omi]n[u]s videt ("Beware, Beware, The Lord Sees"). Surrounding the center are the seven deadly sins: wrath, envy, greed, gluttony, sloth, extravagance and pride. The the four corners are the 'four last things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Above and below are two biblical texts: "For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them" (Deuteronomy 32:28–29) & "O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end" (Deuteronomy 32:20). Painting from around 1500.

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