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Hieronymus Bosch. The Complete Works

Hieronymus Bosch. The Complete Works

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Delicious demons: Deciphering allegories in the complex, fantastical works of Hieronymus Bosch In the midst of the realist-leaning artistic climate of the Late Gothic and Early Renaissance, Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch(c. 14501516) was more than an anomaly. Boschs paintingsare populated with grotesque scenes of fantastical creatures succumbing to all manner of human desire, fantasy, and angst. One of his greatest inventions was to take the figural and scenic representations known asdrolleries, which use the monstrous and the grotesque to illustrate sin and evil, and to transfer them from the marginalia of illuminated manuscripts into large-format panel paintings. Alongside traditional hybrids of man and beast, such as centaurs, and mythological creatures such as unicorns, devils, dragons, and griffins, we also encounter countless mixed creatures freely invented by the artist. Many subsidiary scenes illustrate proverbs and figures of speech in common use in Boschs day. In his Temptation of St Anthonytriptych, for example, the artist shows a messenger devil wearing ice skates, evoking the popular expression that the world was skating on icemeaning it had gone astray. In his pictorial translation of proverbs, in particular, Bosch was very much an innovator. Boschwhose real name was Jheronimus van Akenwas widely copied and imitated: the number of surviving works by Boschs followers exceeds the masters own production by more than tenfold. Today only 20 paintings and eight drawings are confidently assigned to Boschs oeuvre. Hecontinues to be seen as a visionary, a portrayer of dreams and nightmares, and the painterpar excellenceof hell and its demons. Featuring brand new photography of recently restored paintings, this exhaustive book, published in view of the upcoming500th anniversary of Boschs death, covers the artists complete works. Discover Boschs pictorial inventions in splendid reproductions with copious details and ahuge fold-out spread, over 110 cm (43 in.)


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