The pedlar, c. 1500

Jheronimus Bosch

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.


The pedlar


Jheronimus Bosch, Den Bosch circa 1450 - Den Bosch 1516


c. 1500


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Type of object


Accession number

1079 (OK)


h. 71 x w. 70.6 x diam. 64 cm (met lijst) h. 86 x w. 85 x d. 7 cm

Material and technique

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


Old Masters




oil (material > artist's material > paint > oil)

panel (material > organic material > vegetable material > wood > worked wood > panel)


painting (two-dimensional object > painting > painting)

Geographical origin

Northern Netherlands (Europe > Western Europe > The Netherlands > Northern Netherlands)