Chestertown, MD, March 27, 2002 — The Washington College Department of Art, the Friends of the Arts and the Washington College Art History Club present "A TASTE OF BOSCH: THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS," a lecture by Reindert Falkenberg, Ph.D., Henry Luce III Professor of Western Art History and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. The talk will be held Thursday, April 11, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Casey Academic Center Forum.
Dr. Falkenberg received his Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of Amsterdam, and has taught at such universities as Harvard, Princeton and the University of California-Berkeley, in addition to the Graduate Theological Union. His research focuses on Late Medieval and Early Modern Art, and he has taught courses on Pieter Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch and Late Medieval religious and devotional imagery.
His lecture will examine Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights" as a mirror of the human soul, used to focus self-reflection on the fallen condition and chaotic state of human nature. "The mirror, in late medieval culture," writes Falkenberg, "has a whole variety of meanings and connotations. First of all, and most directly, it relates to the viewer's self-image, how a human being looks, or how he or she is—which is not the same. Moreover, it shows how a human being should not be, or shall be, as in writings such as the "Spiegel der sonden" (the Mirror of sins), or the "Spiegel der salicheit" (the Mirror of salvation). The mirror, therefore, may relate to the visible as much as to the invisible."