Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Hiëronymus Bosch

When one thinks of Surrealism movement (1920s-1960s) they think of Salvador Dali or Rene Magritte.

But Hiëronymus Bosch (1450-1516)  was considered a highly imaginative “creator of devils” and a powerful inventor of curious creations full of satirical and moralizing meaning.

His paintings are sermons on folly and sin, addressed often to initiates and consequently difficult to translate.

Unable to unlock the mystery of the artist’s works, critics at first believed that he must have been affiliated with secret sects.

Although the themes of his work were often religious, his choice of symbols to represent the temptation and eventual ensnarement of humans in earthly evils caused many critics to view the artist as a practitioner of the occult arts.

More recent scholarship views Bosch as a talented artist who possessed deep insight into human character and as one of the first artists to represent abstract (surreal) concepts in his work.

No matter what  Hiëronymus Bosch’s beliefs and involvements, his art was quite surreal, especially for the 1400’s.

More of Hiëronymus Bosch’s marvelous art can be found at


7 thoughts on “Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Hiëronymus Bosch

    1. He does indeed have a bizarre sense about his art, doesn’t he? He is so meticulous as an artist, yet his choice of subjects makes me wonder what his life was really all about.


  1. Oh Claudia, what an astonishing collection you’ve presented today, if this is what joining the occult does for ones imagination, I’m enlisting today. Some of the most fascinating pieces of art I’ve ever had the pleasure to see. Thank you dear Claudia, I’ve been feeling quite down and despondent and these glorious images have made me smile……


    1. I was amazed that there was this sort of art back in the 1400s. Of course there is all styles in all ages, but it is amazing his sense of bizarre made it to the public. The past was not all Monet, according to Bosch.

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