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Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch
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Northern Renaissance

Hieronymus Bosch Biography

Bosch's pictures have always fascinated viewers, but in earlier centuries it was widely assumed that his diabolic scenes were intended merely to amuse or titillate, most people regarded him as "the inventor of monsters and chimeras." Philip II, though, collected his works more for education than for entertainment. A Dutch art historian in the early 17th century described Bosch's paintings chiefly as "wondrous and strange fantasies" often less pleasant than gruesome to look at'. In the 20th century, however, scholars decided that Bosch's art has a more profound significance, and there have been many attempts to explain its origins and meaning. Some writers saw him as a sort of 15th century surrealist and linked his name with that of Salvator Dali. For others, Bosch's art reflects mysterious practices of the Middle Ages. No matter what explanation and comprehension of his art might be, Bosch remains the most extravagant painter of his time.

Hieronymus Bosch 73 Most Important Paintings and Artworks

Hieronymus Bosch Bibliography

Hieronymus Bosch. by G. Fomin. Moscow. 1974.

Hieronymus Bosch. by J. Fränger. Dresden. 1975.

Hieronymus Bosch. Moscow. 1991.

Painting of Europe. XIII-XX centuries. Encyclopedic Dictionary. Moscow. Iskusstvo. 1999.

Hieronymus Bosch by Walter S. Gibson. Thames & Hudson, 1985.

Bosch: C. 1450 1516 Between Heaven and Hell (Basic Series: Art) by Walter Bosing. TASCHEN America Llc, 2000.

Bosch: Master of the Grotesque--His Life in Paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, Alessia Devitini Dufour. DK Publishing, 1999.

Bosch by Federico Zeri. NDE Publishing,, 2001.

Masters of Art: Bosch by Carl Linfert. Harry N. Abrams, 1989.

The Secret Heresy of Hieronymus Bosch by Lynda Harris. Floris Books, 2002.

Hieronymus Bosch: The Complete Paintings and Drawings by Jos Koldeweij, Paul Vandenbroeck. Harry N. Abrams, 2001.

Hieronymus Bosch: Garden of Earthly Delights by Hans Belting. Prestel USA, 2002.