"a Hieronymus Bosch-like mural that elegantly summed up the white right's beliefs "

Anonymous Portrait of Hieronymus Bosch
Public DomainAnonymous Portrait of Hieronymus Bosch - Credit: Mead Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts
 Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516) was a fifteenth century painter from the Netherlands.  He was born Jeroen van Aken, but signed a number of his paintings as Bosch, a name derived from his birthplace, ‘s-Hertogenbosch.  He was a popular painter in his lifetime and received several commissions from abroad. He produced several triptychs, the most famous of which is The Garden of Earthly Delights.  Of the 25 paintings that currently are attributed to Bosch, the Prado Museum in Madrid owns four - The Garden of Earthly Delights, the circular tabletop of The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things, the Haywain Triptych and The Stone Operation. 


The Garden of Earthly Delights
Public DomainThe Garden of Earthly Delights - Credit: Prado Museum, Madrid

Art historian Walter Gibson has written that Bosch confronts his viewer with "a world of dreams [and] nightmares in which forms seem to flicker and change before our eyes." In the early seventeenth century, the Dutch art historian Karel van Mander described Bosch’s work as comprising "wondrous and strange fantasies" but noted that they were often “gruesome to look at.”  It is generally accepted that Bosch’s fantastic imagery was created to illustrate specific moral and religious concepts and narratives.