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HIERONYMUS BOSCH: VISIONS AND NIGHTMARES. Nils Buttner. Reaktion Books Ltd, London, 2016. Organized by Renaissance Lives. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 208 pp. with 65 ills. (55 col.). 23 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781780235790 In English.
Publisher's description: In his lifetime the early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch was famous for his phantasmagoric images, and today his name is synonymous with the infernal. The creator of expansive tableaus of fantastic and hellish scenes -- where any devil not dancing is too busy eating human souls -- he has been as equally misunderstood by history as his paintings have. In this book, Nils Buttner draws on a wealth of historical documents -- not to mention Bosch's paintings -- to offer a fresh and insightful look at one of history's most peculiar artists on the five-hundredth anniversary of his death. Bosch's paintings have elicited a number a responses over the centuries. Some have tried to explain them as alchemical symbolism, others as coded messages of a secret cult, and still others have tried to psychoanalyze them. Some have placed Bosch among the Adamites, others among the Cathars, and others among the Brethren of the Free Spirit, seeing in his paintings an occult life of free love, strange rituals, mysterious drugs, and witchcraft. As Buttner shows, Bosch was -- if anything -- a hardworking painter, commissioned by aristocrats and courtesans, as all painters of his time were.
Artist(s):Bosch, Hieronymus
Indexing: Western, Europe — Netherlands — 1400-1600 — Painting
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171026
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