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Hieronymus Bosch, The Last Judgement triptych, 1504-05, mixed technique on panel, 167 x 248 cm, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna. Source

This huge triptych by Hieronymus Bosch depicts the Biblical journey towards the ultimate last judgement, in which Christ, surrounded by saints, judges whether souls will enter Heaven or be cast into Hell. This particular event is shown in the central panel, with Christ presented in the blue celestial zone at the top of the composition. Below him in the fiery wasteland of the damned, figures are punished in the most monstrous ways: they’re impaled, burned and tortured by the bizarre-looking creatures of Hell. The depiction of this land continues into the right panel and creates a drastic contrast of light with the Garden of Eden represented in the left panel.

The outside of The Last Judgement triptych reveals two grisaille paintings of St James and St Bavo of Ghent.

Carl Moll, Self-Portrait in his Study, 1906, oil on canvas, 100 × 100 cm, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna. Source

Man, I love a square painting. I also like the spatial division in this self-portrait; Moll depicts himself as working in his own private space, indicated by the white curtains that offer the viewer just a glimpse of the artist at work.