Hieronymus Bosch

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Parkstone International, Jan 17, 2012 - Art - 200 pages
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Hieronymus Bosch was painting terrifying, yet strangely likeable, monsters, long before computer games were invented, often with a touch of humour. His works are assertive statements about the mental dangers that befall those who abandon the teachings of Christ. With a life that spanned from 1450 to 1516, Bosch was born at the height of the Renaissance and witnessed its wars of religion. Medieval traditions and values were crumbling, thrusting man into a new universe where faith had lost some of its power and much of its magic. Bosch set out to warn doubters of the perils awaiting all and any who lost their faith in God. Believing that everyone had to make their own moral choices, he focused on themes of hell, heaven and lust. He brilliantly exploited the symbolism of a wide range of fruits and plants to lend sexual overtones to his themes.
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
The Literature on Bosch toWilhelm Fränger
15
Frängers Thesis Epiphanies and Absurdities
29
Fränger and Beyond
61
A More Prosaic View
77
Saint Anthony and the Devil
103
The Lisbon Triptych
159
Conclusion
193
Notes
196
Index
197
Bibliography
198
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