HIERONYMUS BOSCH – Headfooter JB04
On the foreground of the shocking central panel stands a creature characteristic of Bosch’s work, consisting of only one head on two feet. His anatomical imperfections are covered by a headscarf. The painter has embroidered upon a classical Greek form in his own distinctive way. In ancient times, omitting body parts was also considered frightening. The character, amusing to us, seems to be taking a carefree stroll through the bloody scene of the Last Judgement.
The Last Judgement
Hiëronymus Bosch warns us against the consequences of a life of sin. The downfall of the rebellious angels on the left panel heralds the beginning of the end. Further, one sees the chosen few in heaven, with below them the vast remainders who will have to undergo the most horrendous tortures on Judgement Day.
On the foreground of the shocking central panel stands a creature characteristic of Bosch’s work upon a classical Greek form in his own distinctive way.