Detail from the painting, 'Hell,' by Hieroymus Bosch.
Hieroymus Bosch (1450-1516), whose real name was Jeroen van Aken, was a
prolific Dutch painter of the 15th and 16th centuries. Many of his
depict sin and human moral failings. Bosch used images of demons,
half-human animals and machines to evoke fear and confusion to portray
the evil of man. His works contain complex, highly original,
imaginative, and dense use of symbolic figures, some of which were
obscure even in his own time. He is said to have been an inspiration
the surrealist movement in the early 20th century.
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