Love in Bosch’s Garden: Profane and Sacred Love in the Medieval Imagination

by Jan Olandese (Author)

Since this is the month of love and romance I am trying to select a romantic novel every day.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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13 Responses to Love in Bosch’s Garden: Profane and Sacred Love in the Medieval Imagination

  1. janowrite says:

    Thank you so much for this post – my book above isn’t a novel, rather a nonfiction book about medieval chivalry, romance and art – but I really appreciate the kind mention!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—

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    • Oh, I knew it wasn’t a novel when I posted it. πŸ™‚ I knew it was it an interpretation of Hieronymus Bosch’s works on the human experience and I must say if anyone who could make sense of some of the things he painted it would be someone who with knowledge of medieval chivalry, romance and art. It’s interesting to stare at and try to figure out what he is saying. Some of it takes no pondering but some of it does. πŸ™‚

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      • janowrite says:

        It is a fascinating study…there really was a method to his work, but a method which made sense in the way medievals saw devotional art and the way they believed was the way to salvation. It of course also has to do with the courtly love/chivalrous romance ideals of the day…it’s fascinating. I took a course in grad. school and got way hooked! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’—

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        • Yes, It is a fascinating study. Ah, there was a method to his work. I wonder what was his method? I never thought to look at it through the lenses, the eyes of the customs of the fifteenth and sixteenth century. I knew that courtly love was his theme but I must say some of those things I have no idea what they are but I still like his work.

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          • janowrite says:

            It’s brilliant if you just look at it and like it…but there was definitely methodology – that’s what my book is about.

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            • I noticed you mentioned he used the method of inversion. That’s what catch my attention about the book is that I remember this Bosch’s artwork from art history class and my professor described it “Few artworks sum up the wild ecstasy and weirdness of lust better than Hieronymus Bosch’s and his famed triptych The Garden of Earthly Delight. The first panel on the left is meant to represent Paradise; the last on the right is hell. And in the center lies The Garden of Earthly Delights. In short he’s saying. “Do all you are big and bad enough to do but do not be surprised to lift your eyes up in Hell.

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              • janowrite says:

                Yes… many of the things one sees in in the panels as one looks closely are really portraying a truth opposite to that which they appear to indicate…in the “devotio moderna” method of spirituality then in vogue, it was believed one had to “work for” salvation…it shouldn’t be easy. Thus when people approached devotional art they expected to look deeper, to think about it, and to get a non-obvious spiritual truth that way. Some of the things in Bosch paintings are symbols which were meaningful to medievals and not to us, so it helps to bone up on those…but yes the three panels represent a lesson – one which must be heeded to avoid hell. I’m not sure I agree with the “do all you are big and bad enough to do” part – actually this is an area of inversion in the work. If you really look closely at the “fun” figures, they don’t look all that happy. πŸ˜‰ I’m delighted that you find this interesting – it’s a timely topic what with Valentine’s Day coming up : )

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