Hieronymous Bosch images and biography
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Hieronymous Bosch
(c. 1450-1516)

See also: Renaissance; Surrealism


"Hieronymous Bosch produced some of the most inventive fantasy paintings that have ever existed. His obsessive and nightmarish vision has its antecedents in the Gothic twilight world of the late Middle Ages and, although the allegorical medieval world view is now lost, there have been many recent attempts to 'read' his pictures, not least by those who have attempted to interpret Bosch by dream analysis. The Garden of Earthly Delights demonstrates Bosch's dazzling ability to build up a hugely detailed landscape through a series of bizarre exaggerations and distortions. The complete work consists of four paintings on a series of folding panels; the outer panel reveals the Third Day of Creation when closed. Inside, The Garden of Earthly Delights is flanked on the left by the Garden of Eden and on the right by Hell. A wild sexual orgy features in the central panel, where lust is shown to be the cause of man's downfall. There are over a thousand figures in this work altogether. Standing alone in its lifetime, Bosch's work has a timeless and modern quality that greatly endeared him to Surrealists in the twentieth century."

- From "The A-Z of Art: The World's Greatest and Most Popular Artists and Their Works", by Nicola Hodge and Libby Anson

Hieronymous Bosch Images

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1475-80 The Extraction of the Stone of Madness
c. 1485-90 Haywain (triptych)

Left wing, "Paradise"
Central panel, "Haywain"
Right wing, "Hell"
1485-1490 Christ Carrying the Cross
c. 1490 Death and the Miser
c. 1490/1500 The Ship of Fools
c. 1500 Temptation of Saint Anthony (triptych)

Outer wings
Central panel, "Temptation of St Anthony"
Left wing, "Flight and Failure of St Anthony"
Right wing, "St Anthony in Meditation"
detail from central panel
1500-02 The Wayfarer

DETAIL OF The House of Ill Fame
c. 1504 Garden of Earthly Delights (triptych)

Outer wings, "Creation of the World"
Central panel, "Garden of Earthly Delights"
Left wing, "Paradise (Garden of Eden)"
Right wing, "Hell"
detail from Right wing, "Bird-Headed Monster"
1504 Last Judgment (triptych)

Left wing, "Paradise"
Central panel, "Last Judgment"
Right wing, "Hell"
c. 1510 Paradise and Hell

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