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Hieronymus Bosch

Portrait of Hieronymus Bosch

Welcome to Hell

In 1463, the Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch burned to ground in a catastrophic fire that destroyed more than 4000 homes. Witness to the blaze was 13 year old Hieronymus Bosch — a nightmare of destruction he interpreted as a holy judgement visited on a corrupt mankind.

Hieronymus Bosch wrote no letters, left no journal. We don’t know when he was born and there’s only a single sketch of a pensive old man that may be a self portrait. We only know he became ferociously religious, his macabre depictions of a horrifying afterlife earning him a respected position in the Catholic confraternity The Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Blessed Lady. From this position of clerical authority he brought the religious narratives of his day to life in vivid detail.

Bosch’s warped imagination was met with incredible acclaim. He was commissioned to create altarpieces in the Netherlands and abroad. His work was so influential, many painters of the day imitated his beautiful detail and grotesque themes, a body of work that today who’s attribution is debated to this day.

Reed Enger, "Hieronymus Bosch, Welcome to Hell," in Obelisk Art History, Published June 05, 2015; last modified May 21, 2018, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/hieronymus-bosch/.

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The Adoration of the Magi, Hieronymus Bosch

The Adoration of the Magi

1475
The Last Judgement, Hieronymus Bosch

The Last Judgement

1482
The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch

The Garden of Earthly Delights

1503-1504
The Garden of Earthly Delights - Closed, Hieronymus Bosch

The Garden of Earthly Delights - Closed

1503-1504
Temptation of Saint Anthony, Hieronymus Bosch

Temptation of Saint Anthony

1510
Table of the Seven Deadly Sins, Hieronymus Bosch

Table of the Seven Deadly Sins

1505-1510
The Adoration of the Magi, Hieronymus Bosch

The Adoration of the Magi

1515
The Haywain Triptych, Hieronymus Bosch

The Haywain Triptych

1516

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