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A Giant of a Gift
A Bird's Eye View of Hieronymus Bosch
Restauratie: De heilige Christophorus van Jheronimus Bosch
Funnel-neck beaker

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Saint Christopher Carrying the Christ Child

Jheronimus Bosch (in c. 1500)

In an extensive landscape dotted with extraordinary scenes, the heathen giant Reprobus carries a child across a river. During the crossing the child becomes unbearably heavy. It is Jesus, who bears the weight of the sins of the world. He baptises the giant Christopher (Christ carrier) who becomes the patron saint of travellers.


Title Saint Christopher Carrying the Christ Child
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 32
Dimensions (general) Width : 71,5 cm
Height : 113 cm
Makers Painter: Jheronimus Bosch
Accession number St 26
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1940
Age maker Between 40 and 60 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
BABEL - Oude meesters terug uit Japan / Old Masters Back from Japan (2018)
External exhibitions Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters (2017)
Jheronimus Bosch – Visioenen van een genie (2016)
Research Alma
Material Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Jheronimus Bosch

Den Bosch circa 1450 - Den Bosch 1516

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..