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Cover Art: Detail from the St Anthony triptych, c. 1495 or later.
I år är det 500 år sedan Hieronymus Bosch gick bort år 1516.
Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450-1516), one of the
major artists of the Northern Renaissance, had a seemingly inexhaustible
imagination. Known as the creator of disturbing demons and spectacular
hellscapes, he also painted the Garden of Earthly Delights, where
gleeful naked youths feast on giant strawberries.
Little is known of
Bosch's life and his art has remained enigmatic, variously interpreted
as the hallucinations of a madman or the secret language of a heretical
The Surrealists claimed Bosch as a predecessor, seeing in
his work the imagery of dream, fantasy and the subconscious. Laurinda
Dixon argues, however, that to understand and appreciate the art of
Bosch, we must return to the era in which he lived. Dixon presents Bosch
as an artist of his times, knowledgeable about the latest techniques of
painting, active in the religious life of his community and conversant
with the scientific developments of his day. She draws on popular
culture, religious texts and contemporary medicine, astrology, astronomy
and alchemy - now discounted but then of interest to serious thinkers -
in order to investigate the underlying meaning of Bosch's art.
Författare: Laurinda Dixon
Laurinda Dixon is Professor of Art History at Syracuse University, New York. Her books include Alchemical Imagery in Bosch's 'Garden of Earthly Delights' and Perilous Chastity: Women and Illness in Pre-Enlightenment Art and Medicine.
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