BOSCH, Hieronymus
(b. ca. 1450, 's-Hertogenbosch, d. 1516, 's-Hertogenbosch)

The Seven Deadly Sins (detail)

c. 1480
Oil on panel, width of detail 49 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

The detail represents Envy, one of the seven deadly sins. In this scene the husband and wife are compared to the dogs below, who ignore the bones within their reach in favour of another held by the man. Their daughter has a perfectly adequate suitor, to judge by his ample purse; however, the parents look longingly at the stylish gentleman, who has others do his work.