Thursday, June 19, 2008
It was a common operation, back in the day. The patient would have a 'keye' removed from his head. Usually, or from what I can gather, it was an operation performed in an effort to stave off madness, or a way to treat a patient deemed mad. The patient being operated on here had his 'keye' removed from his head with considerable success. I know this because there is an inscription, not included in this reproduction, when translated says; "Master, cut away the stone – my name is Lubbert Das." Here's a link to his blog, still alive and not quite so mad, now speaking with a Northern Irish accent and going under the pseudonym Colin Lorimer. Living far away from Bosch's hellish depictions of 16th century Netherlands, in Vancouver; making a decent living in the animation industry.