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Wagon of Hay, Jerome Bosch, 1516

Wagon of Hay, Jerome Bosch, 1516

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Woz Sena - Jerome Bosch. 147x212

Jerome Bosch (circa 1460-1516) - a famous Dutch artist of the Northern Renaissance, one of the most mysterious painters in the history of Western art.

In the central part of the open triptych “Wagon of Hay” a cart with a huge haystack is depicted, around which all the actions and plots of the picture develop. There are seven terrible half-humans half-beasts who are involved: half-lions, dogs, bears, fish, wolves. They symbolize pride, despotism, greed, cruelty and other vices. Representatives of various classes follow the cart; each of them seeks to seize hay. People are driven by a thirst for profit, because of which they beat and kill each other. These stories are the sins of theft and debauchery. Only the powers that be do not interfere in fights, because this cart belongs to them. On the top of the stack, to the accompaniment of the minister of the Devil, people are playing music, a couple of lovers is standing behind them, hugging each other. In the upper part of the composition, on a golden cloud, the Almighty is watching, and the mercy of which is called out by an angel desperate to reason people. The main motive of the picture is human stupidity and greed, because of which people cannot make a choice between earthly riches and the ability to live forever in paradise.

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