Artibus et Historiae no. 24 (XII)

1991, ISSN 0391-9064

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PATRIK REUTERSWĂ„RD - Hieronymus Bosch's Four Afterlife Panels in Venice

The fourth of the Afterlife panels by Hieronymus Bosch in the Palazzo Ducale in Venice presents a visionary scene of human souls ascending towards a tunnel leading to a glowing Heavenly Paradise. The depiction of an awaiting worid of light is consistent with the testimonies of people who have returned from the threshold of death. It is in marked contrast to the first panel, in which demons draw the Damned into the depths of Hell. However, the order of the panels proposed in this article, with the tunnel at the far right, would appear to offer man a note of hope.

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