Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Art Gone to Hell: A Boschian Bestiary

By Daniel McDermon
Detail from center panel of "The Last Judgement" below (c. 1500) by Hieronymus Bosch
Most of Hieronymus Bosch's surviving paintings are now on display in his hometown in the Netherlands. Especially in his larger works, Bosch depicts human depravity and divine punishment with a perverse, if not gleeful, imagination. Bosch frequently worked on biblical themes, as in this folding diablerie, depicting a handful of good people at left, soon to get their reward: salvation. But he held a dim view of the majority: Witness the other panels, full of fools and sinners. [link]
The Last Judgment Circa 1495-1505 (Groeningemuseum, Brugge, Belgium)