1000 Books In 10 Years; Vol. 118: Bosch, by Walter Bosing

Another from the Taschen collection, this one by Walter Bosing on Hieronymus Bosch (1450ish-1516), a Dutch painter and monk. Being a painter in the fall of the middle-ages and living under Christendom, his work was made up entirely of religious topics, mostly morality paintings that detailed man’s fall and the temptations that lead to hell’s gate, and hell was a place that Bosch loved painting, about as much as Dante love writing about it. The images Bosch painted of hell are the visual form of the classic fire-and-brimstone sermons and only Dante could rival Bosch grim interpretations of the fornicator’s afterlife. Though perhaps his most interesting works, these fire-and-brimstone paintings are not all Bosch has to offer, as he also painted devotionals, uplifting the likes of Christ and female saints alike. Bosing takes time to detailing the narrative behind some of Bosch’s triptychs but offers little in the way of biographical information, as little was left behind to sift through, and he is careful to highlight which paintings are attributed to Bosch and which are believe to be copies made of the originals by other artists.

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