Hieronymus Bosch was painting frightening, yet vaguely likable monsters long before computer games were ever invented, often including a touch of humour. His works are assertive statements about the mental illness that befalls any man who abandons the teachings of Christ. With a life that spanned from 1450 to 1516, Bosch experienced the drama of the highly charged Renaissance and its wars of religion. Medieval tradition and values were crumbling, paving the way to thrust man into a new universe where faith lost some of its power and much of its magic. Bosch set out to warn doubters of the perils awaiting any and all who lost their faith in God. His favourite allegories were heaven, hell, and lust. He believed that everyone had to choose between one of two options: heaven or hell. Bosch brilliantly exploited the symbolism of a wide range of fruits and plants to lend sexual overtones to his themes, which author Virginia Pitts Rembert meticulously deciphers to provide readers with new insight into this fascinating artist and his works.
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15th century Oil 39.5 cm Palazzo Adamite Adoration Aken Arte Antiga artist artist’s mind Boijmans Van Beuningen Bosch’s paintings Boschian Brotherhood Carel Van Mander Carrying the Cross Christ Carrying cm Museo Nacional cm Museum Boijmans cm Palazzo Ducale detail of central detail of exterior detail of Hell detail of left detail of Paradise Earthly Delights detail Fränger Garden of Earthly gold on wood Gothic art Hay Wagon detail Hay Wagon left Hieronymus Bosch historians imagery John on Patmos Last Judgement Late 15th century Lisbon Madrid Magi detail Mass of Saint Museen zu Berlin Museo Nacional del Nacional de Arte Nacional del Prado oak panel Staatliche Oil and gold Oil on oak Oil on panel painter panel Museo Nacional panel Staatliche Museen Patmos detail Pen and bistre right panel Rotterdam s-Hertogenbosch Saint Anthony detail Saint John symbolism Temptation of Saint Tolnay Tolnay’s triptych entitled Visions Venice viewer Wagon left panel