One Helluva Fella The Horrifically Contemporary World of Hieronymus Bosch

Impaled heads and burning bodies: Hieronymus Bosch, the great Dutch painter whose images depicted the horrors and terror of the past, present and future, died 500 years ago. In the era of Abu Ghraib and Islamic State, his work feels as contemporary as ever.
The Hieronymus Bosch painting "Christ Carrying the Cross" from around 1500.

The Hieronymus Bosch painting "Christ Carrying the Cross" from around 1500.

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A man uses his belt to hit Turkish soldiers involved in the July 16 coup attempt in Istanbul.

A man uses his belt to hit Turkish soldiers involved in the July 16 coup attempt in Istanbul.

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Hieronymus Bosch, "The Last Judgement," from around 1506.

Hieronymus Bosch, "The Last Judgement," from around 1506.

Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq: Bosch could only have guessed 500 years ago that, half a milleinnium later, eople would still be behaving as they had done thousands of years before his time.

Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq: Bosch could only have guessed 500 years ago that, half a milleinnium later, eople would still be behaving as they had done thousands of years before his time.

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A panel from the Hieronymus Bosch triptych "The Last Judgement," from around 1506

A panel from the Hieronymus Bosch triptych "The Last Judgement," from around 1506

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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