Jheronimus Bosch ca. 1450 – 1516

Flood panels, outsides

oil on panel (69 × 36 cm and 69 × 39 cm) — c. 1514 Museum Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Jheronimus Bosch biography

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These are the reverse sides of the left and right wings of a triptych. The insides show the world before and after the Flood. The central panel is lost.

Each panel contains two tondos (roundels, or medaillons) with allegorical pictures. Bosch' message seems to be that true faith can save a man from the devil.

In the upper left tondo, someone is being beaten by a devil in a gate. A woman flees from the violence; a man kneels and prays.

In the lower left tondo, the devil has taken the plough from the farmer, who lies on the ground.

In the upper right a man is being attacked by three demons. In the lower right tondo, Jesus is blessing the same man. In the background scene an angel is seen handing the man some clothes.

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