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Hieronymus Bosch: The Complete Works (英語) ハードカバー – 2014/3
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Renaissance radical: An earthly delight not to be missed In the midst of the realist-leaning artistic climate of the Late Gothic and Early Renaissance, Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516) was more than an anomaly. Bosch's paintings are populated with grotesque scenes of fantastical creatures succumbing to all manner of human desire, fantasy, and angst. One of his greatest inventions was to take the figural and scenic representations known as drolleries, which use the monstrous and the grotesque to illustrate sin and evil, and to transfer them from the marginalia of illuminated manuscripts into large-format panel paintings. Alongside traditional hybrids of man and beast, such as centaurs, and mythological creatures such as unicorns, devils, dragons, and griffins, we also encounter countless mixed creatures freely invented by the artist. Many subsidiary scenes illustrate proverbs and figures of speech in common use in Bosch's day. In his Temptation of St Anthony triptych, for example, the artist shows a messenger devil wearing ice skates, evoking the popular expression that the world was "skating on ice"--meaning it had gone astray. In his pictorial translation of proverbs, in particular, Bosch was very much an innovator.
Bosch--whose real name was Jheronimus van Aken--was widely copied and imitated: the number of surviving works by Bosch's followers exceeds the master's own production by more than tenfold. Today only 20 paintings and eight drawings are confidently assigned to Bosch's oeuvre. He continues to be seen as a visionary, a portrayer of dreams and nightmares, and the painter par excellence of hell and its demons.
Featuring brand new photography of recently restored paintings, this exhaustive book, published in view of the upcoming 500th anniversary of Bosch's death, covers the artist's complete works. Discover Bosch's pictorial inventions in splendid reproductions with copious details and a huge fold-out spread, over 110 cm (43 in.) long, of The Garden of Earthly Delights. Art historian and acknowledged Bosch expert Stefan Fischer examines just what it was about Bosch and his painting that proved so immensely influential.
Stefan Fischer studied art history, history and classical archaeology in Munster, Amsterdam and Bonn. In 2009 he completed his doctoral thesis on "Hieronymus Bosch: Malerei als Vision, Lehrbild und Kunstwerk." His specialist fields are Netherlandish painting of the 15th to the 17th century and museology.
I could go on about the visual treats in this book. But I should mention the text and compliment the Author, Stefan Fischer. I'm only about 60 pages into the book, but I have found new information about Bosch, his world, and the meanings of his work on every page. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Art History, and particularly anyone who is fascinated by the work of Hieronymus Bosch.
Thank you once again to Taschen Books for another serious publication on art. And thanks to Amazon….
As a casual lover of dark and edgy art, this book is perfect to have in the bathroom. You can look at it for as little or as long as you need to take care of business.
The reproductions in this book are great. Many of them fold out, especially Garden of Earthly Delights, which opens out to 43 X 23 inches. Not only is this impressive, but the scale gives you an idea of what is in this painting, above and beyond anything else you've seen. Even if you have seen the painting in person at the Prado in Madrid, it's hard to take it in and you miss many of the minute details. With this large spread, you see the tiniest of objects. Honestly, plan on spending hours looking at it.
This book goes beyond Garden of Earthly Delights, however. Instead, the book is a 'walk' though Bosch's life and work. This covers his earlier works (1474 - 1487), up until his later works (1504 - 1516). There is ample text, but again, the reproductions are incredible. Because the book is so big, you see each piece in great detail, to include repairs, cracking, and stains that have appeared through the years.
The text is straightforward and gives a historical overview of what was happening in broader culture and society when Bosch was painting. Comparisons are also made of Bosch's work to other artists of the time.
Anyhow, it's a great book. It will take me months to get through it all. This is for lovers of European Art, Bosch in particular, and history.