Friday, 19 February 2016

crazy "cures" for insanity


I was surprised to discover that I've already made three Bosch-quoting collages. One of them I posted here fairly recently, but the other two are older.

Background is most of the entry on "Insanity" from an 1880 encyclopedia called Library of Universal Knowledge: the text is so fascinating, I left most of it uncovered. At the end of the entry it reads, "For disposition and treatment of insanity, see LUNATIC ASYLUM." (!!) The top picture is a 17th cent. German cartoon. The bottom one is from a 16th cent. painting by Hieronymus Bosch. Both are lampooning supposed "cures," by quack doctors, for insanity.

4 comments:

  1. Yes you choose the right title for this one. How incredible this text and the images are., a great find Fi!

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  2. Looking at this is scary. And it is giving me a headache! Real good Boschian feeling Fi!

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