Ship of Fools (painting)

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The Ship of Fools
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Artist Hieronymus Bosch
Year 1490-1500
Type Oil on wood
Dimensions 58 cm × 33 cm (22.8 in × 13.0 in)
Location Louvre, Paris

Ship of Fools (painted c. 1490–1500) is a painting by Hieronymus Bosch exemplifying the human condition. It dates from c. 1490-1500 and is now on display in the Musée du Louvre, Paris. The painting is dense in symbolism and is indebted to, if not actually satirical of Albrecht Dürer's frontispiece[1] of Sebastian Brant's book of the same name.

The surviving painting is a fragment of a triptych that was cut into several parts. The Ship of Fools was painted on one of the wings of the altarpiece, and is about two thirds of its original length. The bottom third of the panel belongs to Yale University Art Gallery and is exhibited under the title Allegory of Gluttony. The wing on the other side, which has more or less retained its full length, is the Death and the Miser, now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.. The two panels together would have represented the two extremes of prodigiality and miserliness, condemning and caricaturing both.

Reconstruction of the triptych.


  1. ^ "Stultifera Navis woodcuts". University of Houston. Retrieved 2011-09-17.