Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Artist of the Week: Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch was one of the late great medieval Dutch painters, born in 1450 as the Renaissance in Italy was starting to flower. Hieronymus Bosch mixed his version of medieval grotesques and Flemish proverbs into an intriguing allegory of man's base nature, which could run amok if not properly cared for. At the time of his death, Bosch was internationally celebrated as an eccentric painter of religious visions who dealt in particular with the torments of hell. During his lifetime Bosch's works were in the inventories of noble families of the Netherlands, Austria, and Spain, and they were imitated in a number of paintings and prints throughout the 16th century.

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