Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Hieronymus Bocsh you gotta love him....

 I love an art history lesson.  Hieronymus Bocsh a late medieval painter from Northern Europe.  You just have to wonder what was going one in his head and a busy head he must have had.  Take a look at his work and the up coming retrospect in his home town.


20 Hieronymus Bosch Paintings Return Home for Artist’s 500th Anniversary

The Haywain Triptych, by Hieronymus Bosch, c. 1516 (image via Wikimedia Commons)

Hieronymus Bosch, “The Haywain Triptych” (c. 1516) (image via Wikimedia Commons)

The 25 surviving panels by the so-called “Devil’s Painter,” late Medieval artist Hieronymus Bosch, belong to some of the biggest museums in the world — the Louvre in Paris, the Prado in Madrid, the Accademia in Venice, the Metropolitan in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. For seven years, Charles de Mooij, the director of a tiny museum in the Netherlands, has been struggling to secure loans to bring these paintings back to their humble birthplace: the town of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, in the Netherlands, where Bosch was born in 1450, and where he conjured up many apocalyptic visions of devils on ice skates, giant birds in paradise, and men with flutes for noses.

 Hieronymus Bosch, "The Pedlar" (c. 1494-1516), oil on panel, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (via Wikipedia)

Hieronymus Bosch, “The Pedlar” (detail, c. 1494–1516), oil on panel, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (image via Wikipedia) (click to enlarge)

With the help of the Getty Foundation, the Noordbrabants Museum has finally, impressively managed to bring 20 of Bosch’s 25 panels home, as well as 19 of 25 drawings, just in time for the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. Early next year, the loaned paintings will be shown in Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of Genius, the largest Bosch retrospective ever staged........... For more info on Bosch or the exhibit

"Ascent of the Blessed," Hieronymus Bosch, c. 1490 (image via Wikimedia Commons)

Hieronymus Bosch, “Ascent of the Blessed” (c. 1490) (image via Wikimedia Commons)

Hieronymus Bosch, “Terrestrial Paradise” (detail, c. 1490) (image via Wikimedia Commons)

“Bosch is one of the very few painters who — he was indeed more than a painter! — who acquired a magic vision,” Henry Miller wrote in 1957. “He saw through the phenomenal world, rendered it as transparent, and thus revealed its pristine aspect.” The 500th birthday bash of that magic vision is shaping up to be a good one.
Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of Genius will be on view at Noordbrabants Museum (’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands) from February 13 until May 8, 2016.

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