Anthonis Liesaert was born in Antwerp in 1578. Little is known about this artist; he was probably taught by his father, Peter II Liesaert. He became a master of the guild of St Luke in 1614 and taught several pupils, including Cornelis de Bailleur. When or where he died is not known.
The present work, which is still very mannerist in style – and so probably an early work – depicts the Last Judgment. In the foreground, the dead are rising from their graves, looking up in awe at Christ towering over the scene. To his right – our left – are the blessed (also symbolized by the olive branch), while to his left – our right – the damned (the sword) are being taken to hell by monstrous creatures: half man, half insect, they are vaguely reminiscent of the specimens inhabiting Hieronymus Bosch’s universe. Seated next to Christ are the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist, who intervene on behalf of the people below, begging Christ to be merciful. The whole scene is painted in very bright colors, dominated by intense yellow and green. This gives the painting a surreal touch and a very “modern” feel.