The Wayfarer

The Wayfarer (or The Pedlar) is a painting by Hieronymus Bosch. 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 Wayfarer
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ArtistHieronymus Bosch
Yearc. 1500[1]
Mediumoil on panel
Dimensions71 cm × 70.6 cm (28 in × 27.8 in); 71.5 cm diameter (28.1 in)
LocationMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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". Retrieved 9 December 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Claudia Lyn Cahan and Catherine Riley (1980). Bosch~Bruegel and the Northern Renaissance. Avenal Books. ISBN 0-517-30373-6.
  3. ^ Winner: Archibal Prize 2012 – Tim Storrier, Art Gallery of New South Wales

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