Hieronymus Bosch: Garden of Earthly Delights (Paperback)

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    Hieronymus Bosch.  Hee-ur-ahn-ih-mus Bosch.  This artist's own name is a quandary!  Open this book and you'll find a treasure of equal standing.  It's all about his famous painting Garden of Earthly Delights.  If you've ever seen it, you know there's a LOT going on.  Maybe you remember scratching your head while considering the landscape, bustling with people and animals, strange contraptions and large fruit.  Well this book is about one critic's attempt to make some sense out of the haunting innuendos of Hieronymus' creation.  Take a good hard look at the mini scenes, zoomed in.  Surreal as Dali and thematic as Alighieri, if you like a good mystery, this is a gem in your collection.

— Rachel


Few paintings inspire the kind of intense study and speculation as the "Garden of Earthly Delights," the luminous triptych by Nertherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch. The painting has been interpreted as a heretical masterpiece, an opulent illustration of the Creation and a premonition of the end of the world. In this new flexi-cover edition of the book, renowned art historian Hans Belting offers a radical reinterpretation of the work, which he sees not as apocalyptic, but utopian, portraying how the world would exist had the Fall not happened. Taking readers through each panel, Belting discusses various schools of thought and explores Bosch's life and times. Enhanced by a fold-out reproduction of the original painting, this fascinating study is an important contribution to the literature and theory surrounding one of the world's most enigmatic artists.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783791333205
ISBN-10: 3791333208
Publisher: Prestel
Publication Date: April 28th, 2005
Pages: 128
Language: English

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