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There is very not very much known about Hieronymus Bosch.

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There is very not very much known about Hieronymus Bosch. The few documents there is indicate that Bosch, like his father and grandfather, was a Roman Catholic artist and lived in Hertogenbosch, a town In the Netherlands. Bosch lived there his whole life and married a local woman and then he joined a religious brotherhood of Mary and for the rest of his life took active part in the affairs of the Confraternity of Our Lady. Bosch had the responsibility of designing stained glass windows and other similar jobs for the church. He was known outside Hertogenbosch for his work, when he was still alive. Bosch's paintings express an interest in many things. Here are a few: *astrology-people doing things on the study of the moon, planets and stars. *Folklore-traditional beliefs and stories of people, e.g. the Saints- St. Anthony *Witchcraft *Alchemy Bosch's pictures show Gods eternal doom of souls. Of the 40 paintings attributed to Bosch, seven are signed but none dated. Bosch early dealt with traditional subjects in rough, clumsy works such as the 'Crucifixion'. Later he painted three-paneled paintings, which provided glimpses in to a hellish chaos. Examples of the as 'The Temptation of St. Anthony' and 'The Garden Of Earthly Delights'. ...read more.


The viewer does not have a clear focus. St. Anthony is situated obviously and directly in the middle of the central panel but too much action and fantastic creatures surround the Saint. There are three elements aiding the attention to St. Anthony, though none very successful. The first is the grouping of four men crossing the bridge in the foreground on the left side panel. The group heads toward the central panel on a diagonal pointing directly at St. Anthony. The central panel of this triptych illustrates the kneeling figure of St Anthony being tormented by devils. These include a man with a thistle for a head, and a fish that is half gondola. Bizarre and singular as such images seem to us, many would have been familiar to Bosch's contemporaries because they relate to Flemish proverbs and religious terminology. What is so extraordinary is that these imaginary creatures are painted with utter conviction, as though they truly existed. He has invested each bizarre or outlandish creation with the same obvious realism as the naturalistic animal and human elements. His nightmarish images seem to possess an inexplicable surrealistic power. The central symbol of this triptych is A Black Mass. The high priestess administers communion to crawling and stumbling ruffians making their way towards the goblet of wine. ...read more.


On Thin Ice This is taken from the bottom left corner of the right panel. The bird is a clear reference to sloth-a deadly sin-as it finds skating easier then flying. Run through its beak is a paper with the single word meaning 'idler'. The Devil has All The Best Tunes The devil has all the best tunes. A booted bird metamorphoses into a musical instrument. Bosch's ideas float further was as the time period increases between his lifetime and the present. As time passes his symbols and ideas become harder to make out and his ideas become harder to take hold of because there is simply no way to join. The Fountain of Life The creation of the earth is complete, and real and fantastic creatures now inhabit the Garden of Eden. The fountain of life-part crab, part gothic tabernacle-contains a reminder of the evil lurking in paradise. At its center sits an owl-a symbol of heresy and alchemy. The Last Judgement (central panel) This representation of the Last Judgement with its monsters walking the face of a Hell on Earth is one of the harshest of all the paintings of the judgment of the sinners. The unfortunate damned in the detail, with their paleness and almost transparent skin tones, typify Bosch's unclothed figures. 'Why Bosch Inspires Me' Use of colour-dark background and the images being light colours-the figures in particular. Bosch's figures are very pale and lively. ...read more.

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