Details: This poster is of The Cure of Madness (The Stone Operation), also called The Extraction of the Stone of Madness (The Cure of Folly), by Hieronymus Bosch. The painting depicts the extraction of the stone of madness (depicted as a flower bulb) from a patient's head by a man wearing a funnel hat. The inscription reads, Meester snyt die Keye ras - myne name is lubbert das (Master, cut away the stone ¿ my name is Lubbert Das). Lubbert Das was a comical (foolish) character in Dutch literature. It is possible that the flower is a pun on tulip head - meaning mad in Netherlands. Another possibility is that the flower hints that the doctor is a charlatan as does the funnel hat. The woman balancing a book on her head is thought to depict folly.
Hieronymus Bosch (born Jeroen Anthoniszoon van Aken c.2 October 1453 ¿ August 9, 1516) was an Early Netherlandish painter. The artist's work is well-known for the use of fantastic imagery to illustrate moral and religious concepts and narratives. Bosch produced several triptychs. Among his most famous is The Garden of Earthly Delights. Bosch's works and his depictions of sinful humanity, his conceptions of Heaven and Hell are now seen as consistent with those of late medieval didactic literature and sermons. It is generally accepted that Bosch¿s art was created to teach specific moral and spiritual truths in the manner of other Northern Renaissance figures. Some see Bosch as a proto-type medieval surrealist
This poster is usually printed with a thin white edge border.