European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
The Last Judgment
Late 16th century
Follower of Hieronymus Bosch, Netherlandish (active Hertogenbosch), c. 1450 - 1516
Oil on panel
Currently not on view
Cat. 386John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelAlthough inspired by Bosch's style and the fantastic imagery of his Last Judgment triptych, now in the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna, the Antwerp-based painter of this large panel invented details such as the giant submerged head in Hell, as well as the fountain of life and perhaps the tree of life with an infant below it in Paradise. Christ's raised hand symbolizes his judgment. The lily beside his raised hand grants salvation, while his lowered hand and the sword signify damnation.