The pedlar, c. 1500
About The pedlar
This vagabond or pedlar with mismatched shoes is symbolic of man on his path through life. He is a kind of 'Everyman' a popular late 15th century moral tale. He represents the 'homo viator', the pilgrim who goes through life weighed down by the baggage of his earthly existence. He suffers his lot along a path full of temptations.
About Jheronimus Bosch
Jeroen Bosch was probably born around 1450 in Den Bosch as Jheronimus van Aken. When his fame as artist had spread throughout Europe, he adopted the name of the city where he lived and worked. Jeroen Bosch was an innovator of the middle ages image tradition. His works are satirical, but also witty and moving. Around twenty-five works are currently known as Bosch originals in museums throughout the world. Several works are triptychs or sections of these. Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum owns four paintings by him.
Jheronimus Bosch, Den Bosch circa 1450 - Den Bosch 1516
This object is on view in room 05
h. 71 x w. 70.6 x diam. 64 cm (met lijst) h. 86 x w. 85 x d. 7 cm
oil on panel
Verworven met steun van / Acquired with the support of: Vereniging Rembrandt, D.G. van Beuningen, F.W. Koenigs en/and J.P. van der Schilden 1931