The closed shutters of The Adoration of the Magi by Hieronymous Bosch, which I posted yesterday, show the Mass of Saint Gregory – in which Christ appears to the Saint in order to convince mockers of the truth of transubstantiation. Around Christ’s figure are scenes from His life, complete with Judas’ soul being carried off by a devil.
So, what do we have here? A reversal, a journey: from the joy of the Epiphany to Christ’s suffering and death and the redemption of our sins. And as the year turns, we rush on now, we are carried forward now, towards Easter….
For the whole view – here is a link to a lovely short film showing detail of the whole triptych.