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Description of the painting by Jerome Bosch “Death and the Merchant”


This painting was created by an artist from the Netherlands. It has a fairly straightforward name, "The Death of the Miser".

The main feature of the image is the style of placing the picture in space. The picture is very elongated vertically, which creates the impression of an altar picture. The theme is also suitable. As for the proportions, it is still important to note that the picture was not considered separately. She seemed to be entering the triptych cycle, where besides her, the Ship of Fools and the Allegory of Gluttony and Voluptuousness were also located. They had the same dimensions, so they could be placed on the altar leaf.

It is important to note that the theme of the triptych was also similar. All images narrated about the sins of man, about his real nature. In this picture, we see how the Guardian Angel supports a person dying in his bed. The angel is trying in every possible way to turn the head of the dying man so that his gaze is aimed at the crucifixion, but he does not want to be distracted from his worldly problems. And what could be his problems? Everything is quite banal: a person is stingy, and even now he does not want to say goodbye to his money. He continues to reach for a bag of precious and beloved savings. But this is not his money, this is gold, which the demon himself holds out to the dying. He is already peering joyfully from under the floor. Interestingly, in the very chest of the dying man, where his money is, demons are already crowding. And here is another demon: this one, apparently, occupies a much higher position, because his shoulders are covered with a mantle, and a sword is attached to the side. It is precisely such power that a person on his deathbed loses. He will never find her again. This illustration at that time could be found in the book The Art of Dying, which was repeatedly reprinted and reprinted not only in the Netherlands, but also in neighboring Germany.





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