|Hieronymus Bosch 1450-1516||BACK
|Bosch was a religious painter with a strong bent towards satire, pessimistic comment and great interest in everyday life. His style was unique, strikingly free, and his symbolism, unforgettably vivid, remains unparalleled to this day. He belonged to a ultra-orthodox religious community called the Brotherhood of Mary. It is impossible to date and arrange his work in chronological sequence as much of his work in now lost. He was also referred to as a heretic by later generations because they didn't understand his works.
An excerpt from The Prado Museum
The title is not Bosch's own. The first description of the work is by Fray Jose de Siguenza
in 16045: he desrcibes it as 'de la gloria vana v breve gusto de la fresa o madrono, the vain and
shortlived taste of the strawberry, referring to the fruit consumed by the revellers in the ceentral
panel. The painting has given rise to many different interpretations and in this century has been
a happy huntiing-ground for psychoanalysts who have seen it as all an encyclopaedia of sexual
fantasies. Bosch has even been thought to be a member of a heretical sect which advocated
the joys of free love. In fact, Bosch appears to have had entirely conventional religious views
and although his imagination was certainly richer than that of many of his contemporaries,
there is nothing heretical about his iconography. The creation of woman led to the possibility
of unbridled sexual self-indulgence or luxuria, one of the seven deadly sins, which is punished
by hell-fire: this is the idea which underlies the triptych. The back of the wings show the creation
of the world which is an overture to what is shown within. Such a work could not, of course, have been an atarplece in a church but was presurmably a private commission, perhaps to be hung in a chapel in a house or palace.
|Ship of Fools
Christ Carrying Cross
Death of a Miser
The Garden of Earthly Delights
The Seven Sins
Head of a Halberdier
Christ Carrying Cross (Ghent)
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