Date of Award

Fall 1981

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Marian L. Pauson

Committee Member

Carolyn H. Rhodes

Committee Member

W. Francis Ryan

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H86 P4


Many scholars have discussed the meaning of Hieronymous Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights concluding that Bosch's works were of a conscious nature relating to the real world. By contrast, this study, using the theories of Carl Jung, fragments Bosch's work and sees the milieu of his art through the eyes of the collective unconscious. Accordingly, a number of explanations of Jungian ideas are presented with the view to better understanding Bosch: Jung's theory of the archetypes, his view of Christianity, his analysis of medieval alchemy, as well as matrix archetypes and symbolic forms relating to The Garden. Through this procedure an attempt is made to create a nexus between Bosch's work and Jung's theoretical constructs. The thesis does not draw conclusions, but rather looks at possibilities of meaning to be found in The Garden.


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