A Fairy Tale
The short stories and tales allow us to imagine paradigms of our time, through the use of visual metaphors, word games and timeless rhymes. Minimal stories, stories for the little ones, stories for
the hearth, stories of fear. The fables that have a visual component are the most immediate, the strongest and can tell from the hunt for neutrinos to the rediscovery of imaginary islands.
Hieronymus Bosch in his triptychs represented stories and parables. This made him one of the most enigmatic artists of his time and made his painting full of mystery and allegorical meanings, often linked to both courtly and popular sources. Vladimir Propp, a Russian anthropologist, outlined a scheme of functioning of fairy tales linked to tribal societies: it is made up of 8 primary characters, a narrative balance in four steps and 31 functions. Art confronts these narrations eternally, reducing them to symbolic visual events.
/ Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, 1490-1500, oil on table, triptych 220 x 195 cm, Madrid, Prado Museum