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Hieronimus & Co. received this exciting bit of news comparing the rebirth of Dr. Bob's Apocalypse mural to what happened to Diego Rivera and his mural Man at the Crossroads in 1933. Dr. Bob's doctoral committee chairman, Dr. Stanley Krippner, told us that while he was giving a presentation in Mexico recently, he compared the Hieronimus work to that of Diego Rivera, specifically, that both suffered from the destruction of their murals.
I am lecturing in Mexico and compared the vandalism of the Baltimore mural with the official destruction of the Diego Rivera mural from Rockefeller Center. That was recopied in the Mexican Consulate in El Paso, Texas. I am eager to see the mural (again) on a future trip to Baltimore. I reminded my audience of the Rivera incident and then I told them about your incident. I said that in the first incident, it was the sponsors of the mural who destroyed it. In the second incident, the sponsors approved the mural, but a viewer of the mural was so upset that he took it upon himself to deface it. Both had in common, a political hysteria — as well as a disregard for artistic freedom, as well as the lack of appreciation of a masterpiece."
Stanley Krippner is an internationally regarded researcher who travels the planet and continues to link Dr. Bob's work with other artists in Europe (e.g. Hieronymus Bosch), South America, China, and Russia. At this rate, it's possible that the rest of the planet will become aware of the Apocalypse mural before the Baltimore media recognize it.
The Apocalypse mural, recently restored
Here is some background on Stanley Krippner, from whence this high praise came: Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Saybrook University, is a Fellow in four APA divisions, and past-president of two divisions (30 and 32). Formerly, he was director of the Kent State University Child Study Center, Kent OH, and the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory, in Brooklyn NY. He is co-author of Extraordinary Dreams (SUNY, 2002), The Mythic Path, 3rd ed. (Energy Psychology Press, 2006), and Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans (Greenwood, 2007), and co-editor of Healing Tales (Puente, 2007), Healing Stories (Puente, 2007), The Psychological Impact of War on Civilians: An International Perspective (Greenwood, 2003), Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence (APA, 2000), and many other books. Stanley has conducted workshops and seminars on dreams and/or hypnosis in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, and at the last four congresses of the Interamerican Psychological Association. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Indian Psychology and Revista Argentina de Psicologia Paranormal, and the advisory board for InternationalSchool for Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Group Leadership (St. Petersburg) and the Czech Unitaria (Prague). He holds faculty appointments at the Universidade Holistica Internacional (Brasilia) and the Instituto de Medicina y Tecnologia Avanzada de la Conducta (Ciudad Juarez). He has given invited addresses for the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, and the School for Diplomatic Studies, Montevideo, Uruguay. He is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and has published cross-cultural studies on spiritual content in dreams.
Finally, here is some more information on the notorious incident at Rockefeller Center when muralist Diego Rivera displeased his patrons by including subjects in the mural they commission of which they disapproved.