A friend and I were chatting this morning about the perfect artists for these nutty times. My friend mentioned Hieronymus Bosch. His fantastic and macabre paintings perfectly represent the macabre mainstream of the 21st century as do those of Pieter Bruegel who was influenced by Bosch. I'm sure you recognize some of the characters in these paintings: the party boat full of drunks, the angry, the gluttons, the murderers. You can easily find examples of the seven deadly sins in these paintings. Bosch and Bruegel were obviously well aware of mankind's failings. But you can also find the pious and prayerful. We will be sorted on the last day.
|Heironymus Bosch, Temptation of St. Anthony|
|Hieronymus Bosch, Ship of Fools (1490-1500) also called The Debauched Revelers|
Hieronymus Bosch, The Last Judgment
|Hieronymus Bosch follower, Christ in Limbo (1590)|