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The painting is no larger than a dressing-table mirror and only close examination will reveal its details. The many groups, costumes, objects and buildings were intended to convey ideas now lost. Each image is a cartoon of human folly and frailty, many are parodies of Christian beliefs, wellknown bible stories, rituals 56 and hell have reality. With faith, emotions can be personalized, shown as individuals, creatures and monsters. To all believers, regardless of education or intelligence, symbolism and pictorial representation are commonly understood.
DIAGRAM 57 Fantasy of popular culture Wherever there is an audience artists perform their skills at weaving magic and fantasy. Comics, children's classics, adult fiction, theatre, movies, videos and record sleeves are all media which provide space for creating images from the imagination. The great fictional writers, past and present, have invented special worlds to which artists have responded by developing their own visual forms. Preceding pages: Weird Tales 1924-40 US popular magazine covers Pulp magazines are an outlet for fantasy artists.
The trees, plants and creatures are from the dark forests of Germany, the home of wolves, demons and evil spirits. The monsters are a strange mixture of animals, some slimy, some feathery, some scaly and some with human flesh. They behave like freaks; they hiss, fight, bellow at St Anthony and at each other; they torment and are tormented; they are disfigured and diseased. The monster (lower left) has leprous or syphilitic skin blisters. Grunewald's painting, like the Bosch Temptation on pages 54-55, was directed at sufferers.