Bosch at The Prado

On the second day of our stay in Madrid, we visited the Prado Museum. Our main focus was the museum’s 5th Centenary Exhibition of the works of Hieronymus Bosch. I was in awe over the vast number of people who came out to view the event.

Bosch’s colorful, religious art, projects a surrealism far beyond his time. Not only does his images of monsters evoke fear within the viewer, they also bring forth a whimsical connotation; bridging an Earthly gap between  faith and folly.  

I found myself captivated by his ability to use monsters as a way to guide his audience toward the path of righteousness. His art does not “sugar coat” temptation but instead, presents both the heavenly and demonic realms as Earthly qualities.

By blending animalistic and human features, Bosch is able to familiarize his audience with this monsters. He uses the obscurity of his creature to demand his viewers attention. From there, he is able to present the religious message within his images; leaving the audience fearful of the consequences of Earthly temptations.

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