A major Rotterdam exhibition held in the autumn of 2001, which brought together more paintings and drawings by Hieronymus Bosch than ever before, caused an important advance in the research carried out en Bosch and his work.
In this collection of essays, twenty-three experts assess the life and work of a truly fascinating artist. From their various fields of expertise, and often based on years of research, they look at Hieronymus Bosch from a number of different perspectives.
Included are contributions by historians, art historians, archaeologists, musicologists, curators and a social scientist. Minute examination of Bosch’s oeuvre has led to interpretations of the subjects in hit paintings, to explanations of the meaning of specific objects in these depictions, and to profound contemplation of the artistic eloquence and optical drama of the artist’s work. Some of the research has yielded spectacular insights that are significant in attributing paintings to Bosch and to putting his work info chronological order. Other studies shed light on Bocht personal circumstances - his life and work in the Brabant city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, his family, patrons and social status - as well as on Bosch as a realist, a child of his time, a gifted pinten Certain experts focus on specific paintings.
Together these essays form a survey of the current state of research on Bosch and can serve as a point of departure for further research into the lift and work of a masterful artist who lied and worked at the end the Middle Ages, a period vergingen the Renaissance. The insights presented here are sure to fascinate experts and enthusiasts alike.
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