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Circles of Thorns: Hieronymus Bosch and Being Human (Paperback)
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Circles of Thorns: Hieronymus Bosch and Being Human (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 13/11/2008
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Using the still, small and sombre image of "Christ Mocked" by Bosch as a basis, this book works around the painting in five 'circles' to explore the political, scientific, psychological and devotional world of early modern Europe and its implications for us today.Unlike Bosch's better-known, fantastical, 'proto-surrealist' paintings, "Christ Mocked" is small, still and sombre, and yet, with a little effort of knowledge and interpretation, it reveals a depth of understanding of both the Passion, and of human nature, that speaks as much to the twenty-first century as it did to the sixteenth.By exploring the political, scientific, psychological and devotional world of early modern Europe, and applying those insights to our own time, the author shows how Bosch used his sophisticated artistic skills to convey a similarly sophisticated understanding of humanity. In "Christ Mocked" - a painting '500 years old but passionately modern' - "Christ's Passion" is so portrayed as to make us reassess the cosmic significance of Christ's death, and its profound implications for what we think it means to be human.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781906286217
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A many-layered analysis" - Catholic Herald
"This is a very good extended meditation on a specific moment in the Passion story; it is also a good example of the quality of patient, intelligent attention that is (or should be) much more fostered that it has been of late in Christian spirituality." - Church Times
'A gripping book which affirms the validity of the Passion to both the 16th and the 21st centuries as well as illustrating unchanging human nature.' Methodist Recorder, February 2009
Edited extracts in Church Times
"A heartfelt book about what it means to be fully human ... The reader is caught up into the painting's political message which is revealed as supremely modern." The Tablet, March 2009
"A fascinating and rewarding book." Baptist Times, February 2009
Mention in author's Church Times article, 'Trapped in temperament', 20 March 2009.
Mention in author's Church Times article, 'The flesh the Word took', 27 March 2009.

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