Devil on Night Chair
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In the early late 1400’s, a painter from the Netherlands, Hieronymos Bosch, created paintings for churches which illustrated heaven and hell. He reached into the depth of his imagination and created fantastical images to teach Christians about good and bad behavior. This statue recreates one of his painted characters. We see the Devil eating a person on a chair where he will excrete the human remains. Hieronymus Bosch’s style arises from the tradition of the book illuminations (manuscript illustrations from the Middle Ages). The caricatured representation of evil tones down its terrifying implications, but also serves as a defiant warning with a theological basis.
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