Friday, May 12, 2006

(30) St. Anthony in Egypt

The Hieronymus Bosch paintings that were most often copied and imitated were pictures of St. Anthony in Egypt, but art historians have not focused on how they might relate to what Bosch understood about hieroglyphics. Bosch was said to have been nicknamed Grillo since he imitated an Egyptian artist. The triptych of St. Anthony in Lisbon, shown here, has been examined for rebuses representing Dutch words (by Dirck Bax) and for images pertaining to alchemy (by Laurinda Dixon).


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