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Adam asked

Hello! I am writing about this work and it would help me a lot to know whether the Hell (aka "Fire Next Time") panel is still displayed on the left, or has the museum swapped it to the right to match the (very recent) research findings of the Bosch Project that suggest it was perhaps the other way around? Thanks!

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

Dear Adam, ‘The Hell’ is still displayed on the left in Musuem Boijmans Van Beuningen. However, thank you for sharing this interesting information with us. Kind regards, Jephta


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These two panels are the wings of a triptych, the central panel of which has probably been lost. The left-hand panel shows a burning city and swarms with devilish figures. The right-hand panel depicts the stranding of Noah’s Ark. Noah and his family can be seen on deck while the pairs of animals disembark through a hatch into the desolation following the flood.


Title Hell
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Painting (recto)
Location This object is on view in room 32
Dimensions (general) Width : 35 cm
Height : 69 cm
Makers Painter: Jheronimus Bosch
Accession number St 27 recto
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1940
Age maker Between 60 and 66 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Jheronimus Bosch – Visioenen van een genie (2016)
Material Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting (recto) > Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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