The painting “Ship of Fools”, Jerome Bosch

The painting “Ship of Fools”, Jerome Bosch

The painting "Ship of Fools", Jerome Bosch - 1

    • Posted by Jerome Bosch
    • Museum: Louvre
    • Year: Around 1510-1515

Description of the picture :

The ship of fools is Jerome Bosch. Around 1510-1515. Wood, butter. 57.8 x 32.5 cm

The picture of the outstanding Flemish painter Jeronim Bosch (about 1450-1516) depicts a small boat with several people on board, it is clear that they represent different sectors of society. The lush among them is violent fun that threatens the stability of the boat and can plunge the “fools” into the water.

All figures and objects have a certain symbolic meaning and personify human vices: incontinence, debauchery, gluttony, gluttony, vanity. Cherry (on a platter) and lute symbolize the debauchery, a vessel worn on a spear, like an owl, calmly looking at what is happening from the branches of the May Tree, is a sign of Satan.

Perhaps the picture “The Ship of Fools” is based on the plot of the work of the same name by Sebastian Brant (1494). According to Devagelare, a researcher of the master’s work, this picture is “a satire for the moral licentiousness of the clergy, allowing the Church’s ship to sail without a steering wheel and wind, which neglected its duty to save souls – swimmers next to the boat.”.