Art: Blood & Roses

What is the meaning of your frightened

face, of your pale features? It looks as if you imagined all the spirits from Hell were flying round your ears.

I could think you had listened to the roaring depths of Pluto's domain;

I could imagine all the gates of Hell had been opened to you. . . .

Lampsonius, a Flemish poet, was writing about a self-portrait by history's first surrealist painter, Hieronymus Bosch. This week the first book in English on the hobgoblined 15th Century master attempted a 20th Century character-reading of Bosch's frightened face and his frightening paintings.

Howard Daniel's Hieronymus Bosch (Duell,...

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