Bosch

Overview

Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450-1516), one of the major artists of the Northern Renaissance, had a seemingly inexhaustible imagination. Known as the creator of disturbing demons and spectacular hell-scapes, he also painted the Garden of Earthly Delights, where gleeful naked youths feast on giant strawberries. Little is known of Bosch's life and his art has remained enigmatic, variously interpreted as the hallucinations of a madman or the secret language of a heretical sect. The Surrealists claimed Bosch as a predecessor...
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Overview

Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450-1516), one of the major artists of the Northern Renaissance, had a seemingly inexhaustible imagination. Known as the creator of disturbing demons and spectacular hell-scapes, he also painted the Garden of Earthly Delights, where gleeful naked youths feast on giant strawberries. Little is known of Bosch's life and his art has remained enigmatic, variously interpreted as the hallucinations of a madman or the secret language of a heretical sect. The Surrealists claimed Bosch as a predecessor and saw in his work the imagery of dream, fantasy and the subconscious. Laurinda Dixon argues, however, that to understand and appreciate Bosch's art, we must return to the era in which he lived.

Dixon presents Bosch as an artist of his times, knowledgeable about the latest techniques of painting, active in the religious life of his community and conversant with the scientific developments of his day. She draws on popular culture, religious texts and contemporary medicine, astrology, astronomy and chemistry - especially alchemy, now discounted but then of interest to serious thinkers - to investigate the meaning of Bosch's art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714839745
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Art and Ideas Ser.
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.67 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
1 Hieronymus Bosch: Facts and Fiction 13
2 The Spectacle of Human Folly: Bosch as Moralist 41
3 Perilous Paths: The Tale of Two Triptychs 67
4 Redemption Through Emulation: The Imitation of Christ 119
5 Martyrdom and Melancholy: The Sufferings of the Saints 147
6 An Apothecary's Apotheosis: The St. Anthony Triptych 173
7 The Crucible of God: Bosch's Chemical Epiphany 199
8 Science and Salvation: The Garden of Earthly Delights Triptych 225
9 Mirroring the Millennium: Bosch's Apocalyptic Visions 279
10 Lost and Found: The Legacy of Hieronymus Bosch 313
Glossary 332
Brief Biographies 334
Key Dates 337
Map 339
Further Reading 340
Index 344
Acknowledgements 350
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