HIERONYMUS BOSCH : Visions of Genius


An accessible survey on a genius artist, published to accompany the 500th anniversary of Bosch's death

Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516) lived and worked in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, where he created enigmatic paintings and drawings full of bizarre creatures, phantasmagoric monsters, and terrifying nightmares. He also depicted detailed landscapes and found inspiration in fundamental moral concepts: seduction, sin, and judgment. This beautiful book accompanies a major exhibition on Bosch's work in his native city, and will feature important new research on his 25 known paintings and 20 drawings. The book, divided into six sections, covers the entirety of the artist's career. It discusses in detail Bosch's Pilgrimage of Life, Bosch and the Life of Christ, his role as a draughtsman, his depictions of saints, and his visualization of Judgment Day and the hereafter, among other topics, and is handsomely illustrated by new photography undertaken by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project Team.

I was given this book from Netgalley, and growing up in a home with an artist and art history major my mother took me and my sister’s to more museum’s than I can remember, but I will say I saw some famous works of art. This book about Bosch is not about the charter that has been made famous in the Michael Connelly detective series, just a little humor. Anyway this book goes with an opening of his museum of works in Hertogenbosch where he lived and worked. The restoration process of his works that have been found and this book talks about his life as well as describing as best they can when some of the works were done. Weather someone commissioned him for a piece of work like a church that was nearby or if it was work he did himself. The works of art are amazing and I do realize not everyone is going to like each one but that is okay. Just to see these in a book is good because most of us are not going to make it to Europe to visit his museum. What I did find unique was the sketches that were found and shown in the book. His drawings were something I had never seen before and you can really get a feel for a true master by those. They were really something to look at and take in and like his paintings they was different meaning in those you could not just take one look at those. This was a really good book. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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