Brent Plate is a writer, editor, public speaker, and part-time professor at Hamilton College. Follow on Twitter: @splate1

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The Horrors and Hells of Hieronymus Bosch

by Brent Plate 06-09-2016

"The Garden of Earthly Delights" triptych. Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons

Hieronymus Bosch may have died 500 years ago, but he’s inspired episodes of The Simpsons, rock ’n’ roll lyrics, children’s book characters, movies from The Exorcist to David Fincher’s Seven — even Dr. Martens boot designs. Last year when Leonardo DiCaprio visited Pope Francis, the actor brought along a book about Bosch as a gift for the pontiff.

How does an artist who has been dead for half a millennium pull off such a feat?