José Luis Lopéz Galván, Entering the Duke’s Forest, 2018

Heironymous Bosch, The Adoration of the Magi, 1485-1500

Den Bosch is a city in the Netherlands called the Duke’s Forest, for it was named after the Duke Henry I of Brabant at the end of the 12th C, whose family had an estate there for centuries. It is the birthplace of Hieronymus Bosch, who created the triptych painting The Adoration of the Magi seen here in the second slide. Lopéz Galván has zoned in on and recreated a detail from the right panel of the triptych where wild beasts attack people on the road just beyond the scene of the Adoration (see third slide).

Heironymous Bosch, The Adoration of the Magi (detail), 1485-1500

Lopéz Galván has created a double self-portrait here; he is both the victim and the murderous beast. As such, you can read the painting as insight into how we are our own worst enemies at times, committing acts of self-sabotage.

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