Joseph-Emile Muller – Bosch
Leon Amiel, New York, not dated, bound hardback, red cloth with gilt, with original dustwrapper, not paginated [36 pages + 84 plates]
Of all the painters of allegory, Hieronymous Bosch stands out as certainly the finest and most original.
For almost five hundred years his Works have proved fascinating to scholars and lay observers alike. The wealth of strange and sometimes seemingly inconceivable beings and objects which confront one in viewing any of his Works has elicited numerous theories on Bosch’s objectives. Some have thought him to be a heretic, painting altars for some strange cult involving orgiastic rites. More likely, however, he was expressing symbolically the mood of the church and its prevailing philosophy of that time. Thought the original meanings of the symbolism may be lost to us forever, Bosch’s fantastic visions can be personally interpreted or not, as one chooses, without in any way detracting from the works’ artistic merit.
The close-up details pictured in this book, along with overall views of his triptychs, help illustrate the amazing visions of this most unusual of the world’s great painters.
Dustwrapper torn, endpapers a bit yellowed, otherwise in good condition.
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