2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of famous Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch, and the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch is not letting the event pass unnoticed.
MuseBooks is joining in the celebration with some updates on events commemorating this auspicious anniversary as well as some special MuseBooks offerings that focus on the famed painter.
The Bosch Year
Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516) is recognized today as one of the most innovative Netherlandish painters of his day. Known for his inventive compositions stocked with intricate and imaginative creatures and landscapes, Bosch is also renowned for his immaculate technical abilities. A native of ‘s-Hertenbosch who worked in the city for his entire career, Bosch was acclaimed in his day but fell into relative obscurity following his death. Fortunately, his talents as an artist have since been resurrected, a testament to which is this yearlong celebration of his career and his contribution to art history.
Exhibition: “Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of a Genius”
Described by the London Telegraph as a tour de force exhibition, “Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of a Genius” promises to be one of the most successful in the history of the Het Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlandish city of s-Hertenbosch. Considered the most substantial retrospective of Bosch’s career, the show features 17 of Bosch’s 24 surviving paintings alongside more than 20 Bosch drawings and workshop paintings. Through these composition, the exhibition traces Bosch’s development as a painter while showcasing his enduring talent and imagination when conjuring scenes ranging from ecclesiastical to supernatural. This exhibition is on view in ‘s-Hertenbosch until 8 May 2016.
Digital Art Book: “Bosch in Detail”
Bringing Bosch to life through glorious imagery, Bosch in Detail presents his most iconic works in magnificent, full-page close-up details. Chapters explore characteristic themes in Bosch’s work, such as faces, visions of heaven and hell, the four elements, landscapes, and creatures both fantastic and monstrous. Bosch in Detail offers an exceptional insight into masterpieces like The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Haywain, the Temptation of St Anthony and the Last Judgment. Author Till-Holger Borchert, an expert in Netherlandish art, guides us through this popular painter’s work in clear and accessible language, and from less-familiar and even surprising angles.