The inheritance (168 x 380 cm)
Materials: Oil on canvas.
Symbolism: The inheritance of religion, a time spirit or property, also referring to the original sin and the fall of man. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Left we see the grandmother in her younger years. She represents old morality. Still fearing God. God has a central position likewise he had in the dark ages. To the right we see the daughter. In the meanwhile, the accent has been shifted from God to humanity. A shift which started during the Renaissance. In the middle there is the granddaughter, she seems indifferent of everything. The Holy Cross has changed to nothing more than a relic. Big money is now the Mammon.
The two outer paintings have the breadth – altitude proportions according to the Phi ratio or the Guilder cut and measure 100 x 161.8 cm; the dimensions of divine origin. Moreover, these paintings have more serene irradiation than the one in the middle. The central painting does not have the Guilder cut proportions and has not sunken in terms of perspective only, but also in depiction.