“De verbeelding van de hemel” (Jeroen Stumpel) 2015
[in: Kunstschrift, vol. 59, nr. 6 (December 2015/January 2016), pp. 38-45]
Stumpel writes about late-medieval representations of heaven and points out that according to St Augustine everyone will receive the body of a person in the prime of his or her life on the day of the Last Judgment. In this context, he refers to Bosch’s Vision of the Hereafter wings (Venice) and to Dirc Bouts’ The blessed on their way to heaven panel (Lille, France). Regarding this latter panel, he wonders whether it is a depiction of heavenly or earthly (newly accessible) paradise. Apparently, Stumpel is not aware of the medieval idea according to which earthly paradise (after the Fall of Man) functioned as the last stage of purgatory and as a kind of waiting room for heaven.
[explicit 5th February 2016]