Not much is known about Bosch's life and, really, there aren't that many paintings in existence that have been certified as his work. If you were just casually browsing through a museum, you might pass by his work and think "hmmmm religious subject- now where are those Impressionists?", but you'd be missing out if you kept walking (besides, the Impressionist rooms are so crowded). I'm sure you must have seen an image of The Garden of Earthly Delights somewhere. The beauty of Bosch for the creepy collectors is in the details. No one depicts Hell quite like Bosch. You have to wonder how this guy slept at night because while the acts are cruel, the little devils are kind of cute.
|The Garden of Earthly Delights|
Artspace online has a funny article "The 10 Absolute Worst Ways to Die in a Hieronymus Bosch Painting." Good to know.
Photographer Lori Pond created a series called Bosch Redux in which she re-created images from Bosch's painting and photographed them. The final products look like painting themselves. Check out Pond's other series as well. She probably needs her own post.
You can even own your own little Bosch character from The Garden of Earthly Delights brought to you by Museumize.com. The figures are hand-painted resin and I need the entire set on my desk at work.
|Devil on Night Chair Eating Human|
|Fat Belly with Dagger|
|Helmeted Bird Monster, Damned Human, Sister Swine|
|Tree Man Hybrid|
|Choir's Devil Freak|
|Ears with Knife|