Inventory number
P02822
Author
Bosch, Hieronymus
Title
Table of the Mortal Sins
Chronology
Late Fifteenth Century
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimensions
120 cm x 150 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Monasterio de El Escorial; depositada en el Museo del Prado por la Junta Delegada de Incautación, Protección y Conservación del Tesoro Artístico Nacional, 1936; por Decreto de 02-03-1943 quedó establecido el depósito temporal, renovado en 1998 mediante Acta de regularización de Depósitos con Patrimonio Nacional.

Five circles stand on a black background. The four smallest ones, in the four corners, show the final stages of life: Death, Judgement, Hell and Glory. Two scrolls with Latin verses from the book of Deuteronomy warn of the consequences of sin. The first (32: 28-29) reads “For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them,” and the second (32: 20): “O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end.” The central circle is larger than the others and looks like an eye. In its pupil appears Christ as the Man of Sorrow and the phrase “Take care, take care, God is watching.” Its outer ring shows the seven deadly sins with genre scenes depicting the customary vices of that period.

Felipe II acquired this work, sending it to El Escorial in April 1574, where it was mentioned by Father Sigüienza as being in the king’s quarters. Patrimonio Nacional placed it on deposit at the Prado Museum in 1939.

 
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