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

Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights (detail)

c. 1500
Oil on panel
Museo del Prado, Madrid

The picture shows a detail of the right wing which represents the Gamblers' Level (after Fraenger).

The tumultuous group at right suffers for the excesses associated with gambling and taverns. Behinf them a rabbit carries his bleeding victim on a pole, a motif found elsewhere in Bosch's Hell scenes, but this time the blood spurts forth from the belly as if propelled by gunpowder. The hunted-become-hunter well expresses the chaos of Hell, where the normal relationships of the world are turned upside down.