Hieronymus Bosch – Self portrait series

A study of illusion and reality, parody, humour and humanity

This detail of Hieronymus Bosch’ s Garden of earthy delights had an overpowering degree of perversion, and it equated death represented as pyres of burning corpses. It also harped at the earthly pleasures of the tempted flesh, and of its morality eclipsed by human procreation. The self study portrait gave me a prickly fetish sensation particularly by the composition with me hugging a huge owl. I could sense the size, the softness of its feather and the beat of its heart – What a weird feeling.

Hieronymus Bosch was indeed mad, but his heart was like a Pandora’s box, when it opened, you were surprised with a bouquet of flowers.

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