The Unknown Hieronymus Bosch
The paintings of Hieronymus Bosch (1450–1516) have captivated and confounded observers for centuries, leading to wildly varying conclusions on the artist’s spirituality. Kurt Falk presents the first analysis of Bosch’s inner life in light of a hitherto unknown—and now lost—version of one of his seminal works, The Last Judgment, found by the author in Cairo in the mid-1930s.
With an introduction by spiritual psychologist Robert Sardello, The Unknown Hieronymus Bosch presents an entirely new way of looking at this art—not through the framework of art history or the notion of a school of painting, but through the spirit. Falk’s analysis reveals the ways in which Bosch addresses creation, including the exalted and fallen spiritual worlds so prevalent in his work. The author’s conclusions are startling but persuasive: that Bosch had strong links to Rosicrucianism, that many of the paintings feature a curious onlooker figure we now understand as a spirit-witness, and that Bosch had in fact developed the capacity to clairvoyantly know the extraordinary worlds he portrays in such exacting detail. The book’s high-quality reproductions, carefully rendered in the paintings’ true colors, offer powerful visual support for the author’s theories.
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AN OUTLINE OF HIERONYMUS BOSCHS WORKS
CONTENTS The Flood Rotterdam
The Late Works
THE WORK OF THE MASTER
The Fivefold Image of the Human Being
The Leitmotif of the Treeman Imagination
Jacob Almaengin Grand Master and Source of Inspiration
Ahrimanic angels Anthony altarpiece appears Art Resource astral background become Bosch's paintings Bruegel Cairo painting Celestial Delights central panel child Christ colors consciousness contrast cosmic countenance cross Crowned with Thorns death demons destiny divine earth earthly elements Epiphany Erich Lessing esoteric Christianity etheric etheric body experience feeling figure forces fruit Garden of Celestial gaze grisaille Haywain head hell Hieronymus Bosch Hortus Deliciarum human hurdy-gurdy Ichthys individual initiation inner instruments John Judgment in Cairo Kurt Falk landscape Last Judgment left-hand panel look Luciferic Madrid painting Marriage at Cana master meditation Museo del Prado naked nature observer Oil on panel painter paradise path physical body Prado realm right-hand panel Rosicrucian Rudolf Steiner saint scene self-portraits sense Seven Deadly Sins side panels soul sphere spiritual worlds stands stream of mankind symbol Temptation of St threshold transformation tree Treeman triptych upright vision Wertheim-Aymes wisdom