“Symboliek en satire bij Jeroen Bosch” (P. Gerlach O.F.M. Cap.) 1969
[in: Ons Erfdeel, vol. 12, nr. 4 (June 1969), pp. 97-99]
[Reprinted in Gerlach 1988: 103-104]
[Not mentioned in Gibson 1983]
Symbolism definitely plays an important role in the work of Bosch but according to Gerlach it is highly improbable that this symbolism is mainly of a sexual nature. It should not be forgotten that plants and animals did not always have a symbolical meaning: often they were only used as decoration. Gerlach further points out that Bosch was certainly a satirist.