Description of the artwork «Crucifixion with a donor»
"The crucifixion with the virgin, St John, the Apostle Peter and a donor" belongs to the early period of creativity of Bosch – 1480-1485.
The center of the composition is the traditional cross with the crucified Savior on it, surrounded by monumental figures of Mary and John (left) and Apostle Peter (right). Next to Peter is depicted kneeling donator – customer pattern. Researchers even called his alleged name is Peter van OS, one of the senior residents of ' s-Hertogenbosch, the birthplace of Hieronymus Bosch. Its two-tone outfit with vertical stripes, fashionable in the years of the late middle Ages, is called "miparti" (from the French and Latin mi-parti – "bisected"). Such vertical color division appeared in European fashion, starting from the XII century, and after the XVI century, preserved only in clownish clothes. Special pale and detached view of the donor, led scientists to assume that at the time of painting it was no longer alive.
The foreground is replete with signs of perishability. Skull and scattered bones; the nail is impacted into the base of the cross; the Raven, waiting for someone's imminent death; the barren hollow tree – these symbols will appear in Bosch and later.
A special advantage of the painting is a landscape, written by Bosch with the knowledge of light and perspective: a winding path on which wander the figures of Wanderers, mill, trees, the spires of cathedrals and the roofs of the houses. This landscape could be real of ' s-Hertogenbosch – the city notable for the Grand Cathedral of St. John and the fact that it took the whole earthly life of Hieronymus Bosch.