(b. ca. 1450, 's-Hertogenbosch, d. 1516, 's-Hertogenbosch)
Last Judgment Triptych (left outer wing)1504-08
Grisaille on panel, 167 x 60 cm
Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna
The left outer wing of the triptych represents St James the Greater on Pilgrimage.
The largest of Bosch's surviving works, the Last Judgment, was executed probably during his middle period. It is prefaced on the outer wings by the figures of St James the Greater and St Bavo, painted in grisaille (left and right).
Despite the gloomy and threatening landscape through which St James moves, neither this panel nor its companion prepares us for the apocalyptic scenes which unfold within. Here, across the three inner panels, appear the First and Last Things, beginning with the Fall of Man on the left wing.