February 10, 2016

Painting With The Girls 41

February 10, 2016.

Day 41, (325 days to go)

Clouds Batik

Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450-1516) was born in the Netherlands and is best known for his paintings aiming to terrify his viewers and enforce repentance with his alarming depictions of the horrors of life and death.

Paul Johnson describes Bosch’s work very well in his book Art A New History, “Medieval people of all classes liked to ‘read art’, in a contemporary setting with countless details they could recognize and relish. For the educated, there was another dimension of meaning produced by symbols, so that a painting could be solved as we solve a crossword puzzle. Bosch offered all these opportunities in full measure – his Garden of Earthly Delights contains over 400 distinct incidents and symbols- but his humanity and voracious zest for life added an extra, unexpected dimension of humor. His humans often young and beautiful are held up to ridicule as they find themselves poised between Hell and Heaven and subjected to extraordinary humiliations.”

Historians believe that Bosch traveled to Italy around 1505, and his very unique creative expressions found their way into the work of Italian as well as other Northern European painters.

Garden of Delights   Hierononymus Bosch                       The Prado Museum Madrid.