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

Last Judgment Triptych (right outer wing)

Grisaille on panel, 167 x 60 cm
Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna

The right outer wing of the triptych represents St Bavo Giving Alms to the Poor and Sick.

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).

St Bavo was a local saint from the town of Ghent. He devoted himself to a Christian life in humility and distributed his inherited wealth as alms amongst the poor and sick. As a young aristocrat, he is shown in front of a view through to a Netherlandish street as he rummages his purse for coins to give to a leper while at the same time an old woman with her children begs for a charitable gift.