This middle-aged man is portrayed in a three-quarter turn to the right. He is wearing a black garment that is drawn together by lace at the neck.
The good and the bad murderers are bound fast on two truncated trees. The bodies are very realistically portrayed. On the ground, Mary and John, Christ’s favourite apostle, are mourning.
The holy one, dressed as an abbot with a staff in the right hand, prevents Emperor Otto from entering a church.
Hugo van der Goes probably completed Bouts's unfinished 'Martyrdom of Saint Hippolytus'. On the left panel he painted the patron portraits of the couple.