Long before computer games were invented, Hiëronymus Bosch was painting terrifying, yet strangely likable, monsters, often with a touch of humour. His works are assertive statements about the mental dangers that befalls those who abandon the teachings of Christ. With a life that spanned 1450 to 1516, Bosch was born at the height of the Renaissance and witnessed its religious wars. Medieval traditions and values were crumbling, paving the way for a new universe where faith had lost 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, brilliantly exploiting the symbolism of a wide range of fruits and plants which lent his imagery strong sexual overtones.
This book presents a unique selection of Bosch’s most impressive works, and its convenient format makes it the perfect gift.
About the Author
Virginia Pitts Rembert was born in Alabama in the USA. She has doctorates in art history and in archaeology, plus further degrees in art and fi ne arts education (Columbia University) as well as in art history (University of Wisconcin). Furthermore, she has taught at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, at which she is currently Professor Emeritus. Virginia Pitts Rembert is the author of many books and articles, but is even better known for being t the forefront of art research into modern art and abstract art in Europe and America.