“J. Bosch: literatuur en folklore” (D. Roggen) 1939/40
[in: Gentsche Bijdragen tot de Kunstgeschiedenis, VI (1939/40), pp. 107-126]
[Also mentioned in Gibson 1983: 62 (D90)]
Many of Bosch’s scenes can be explained with the help of contemporary literature and by means of late-medieval customs and habits, such as processions, parades, theatrical performances and so on. The caricatural character of a lot of Bosch’s figures (particularly in his Passion scenes) was influenced by the processions in his hometown with their actors dressed in unusual clothes, their faces covered by weird masks.
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