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Circles of Thorns: Hieronymus Bosch and Being Human

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
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.

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Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by Mowbray (first published 2008)
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Nick Benson
Apr 19, 2013 Nick Benson rated it liked it
OK - there were many good things within it and I was grateful to be pointed to the painting, various quotations and the book list so really it seems churlish to have been left wanting more from it, but having having enjoyed and been fairly convinced by his reading of Bosch's intentions I was still left with a degree of so-whatness. It may be because I was approaching it as a Lent book (which is how it is marketed) rather than a book about the painting informed by a Christian sensibilty.
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Aug 08, 2012 Fraser Dyer rated it it was amazing
Part art history, part Christian Spirituality, part memoir of depression - adds up to a really magnificent book. I read it on retreat, for which it was ideal.
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