1500 – 1600
End of the Renaissance and the Reformation

Bosch's The Last Judgement

Hieronymus Bosch, The Last Judgement, 1504-08, oil on panel, central panel 163 x 128 cm, outer panels 167 x 60 cm each (Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der 
bildenden Künste, Vienna)

"...t
he real secret of his magnificent nightmares and daydreams has still to be discovered.” (Erwin Panofsky in Early Netherlandish Painting (1953).

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jakob wrote on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It seems that the artist is depicting limbo as bad if not worse than hell itself.

Christine Z. wrote on Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bosch was absolutely brilliant. He had a knack for depicting dark, depressing, twisted scenes, but made them colorful and fun to look at. He included so many small details to help tell the story, which is very apparent in the middle Limbo panel. The story moves through the three panels with much fluidity. This is a great story shown through a great work of art.

Luke wrote on Monday, November 26, 2012

This entire horrific scene is completely ironic in the fact that the sinners are being punished with their own sins.

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