The Wayfarer

The Wayfarer

The Wayfarer
Artist Hieronymus Bosch
Year c. 1500[1]
Material oil on panel
Dimensions 71 cm × 70.6 cm (28 in × 27.8 in); 71.5 cm diameter (28.1 in)
Location Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The Wayfarer (or The Pedlar) is a Hieronymus Bosch painting. It is currently in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. This painting is round and 71.5 cm (28.1 in) in diameter. It is one of the fragments of a partially lost triptych or diptych, which also included the Allegory of Gluttony and Lust, the Ship of Fools and Death and the Miser.

The figure is similar to the man depicted in The Path of Life panel on the exterior of The Haywain Triptych. The character has been interpreted as choosing between the path of virtue at the gate on the right or debauchery in the house on the left, or as the prodigal son returning home from the world.[2]

Tim Storrier's self-portrait The Histrionic Wayfarer (after Bosch) won the 2012 Archibald Prize.[3]


  1. ^ "The pedlar, c. 1500". Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Claudia Lyn Cahan and Catherine Riley (1980). Bosch~Bruegel and the Northern Renaissance. Avenal Books.  
  3. ^ Winner: Archibal Prize 2012 – Tim Storrier, Art Gallery of New South Wales

External links

  • at Google Cultural InstituteThe Pedlar