Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Anne H. Muraoka
James R. van Dore
Flemish painter Jeroen van Aken, better known as Hieronymus Bosch, created a triptych depicting the folly of humanity. This dismantled triptych includes the Ship of Fools, the Allegory of Intemperance, the Death of the Miser, and the Rotterdam Wayfarer, completed between 1500 and 1510. Throughout his career, Bosch explored a peculiar take on the traditional forms of wellknown religious motifs throughout Renaissance Europe by populating his scenes with fantastical creatures and monsters. Scholars have long since suggested that these forms were inspired by illuminated manuscripts. However, scholars provided no explanation as to why these texts drew Bosch’s attention. This thesis argues that the practice of Devotio Moderna inspired Bosch to mine the pages of illuminated manuscripts for the fantastical images found throughout his oeuvre. The Devotio Moderna movement also functions as a lens through which we can understand the meaning behind his work.
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Tippett, Mary E..
"Hieronymus Bosch's Dismantled Triptych and the 'Devotio Moderna'"
(2022). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, Humanities, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/1mkh-r174