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Allegory of Gluttony and Lust

Hieronymus Bosch

Allegory of Gluttony and Lust

Hieronymus Bosch
  • Date: 1490 - 1500
  • Style: Northern Renaissance
  • Genre: religious painting
  • Media: oil, panel
  • Tag: allegories-and-symbols, Christianity, sins-and-sinners, Gluttony, Lust
  • Dimensions: 34.9 x 31.4 cm
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Allegory of Intemperance is a Hieronymus Bosch painting made sometime between 1490 and 1500. It is currently in the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut.

This panel is the left inside bottom wing of a hinged triptych. The other identified parts are The Ship of Fools, which formed the upper left panel, and the Death and the Miser, which was the right panel; The Wayfarer was painted on the right panel rear. The central panel, if existed, is unknown.

The Allegory represented a condemnation of gluttony, in the same way the right panel condemned avarice. The fragment shows a fat man riding a barrel in a kind of lake or pool. He is surrounded by other people, who push him or pour a liquid from the barrel. Below, a man swims with, above his head, a vessel with meat. The swimmer's clothes lie on the shore at bottom. On the right, under a hut, a couple is devoting to lascivious acts, perhaps induced by drunkenness.

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