Sunday, August 7, 2016


By Ernest & Gregory Disney-Britton
"The Garden of Earthly Delights" (1490 - 1510) by Hieronymous Bosch. Collection of Museo del Prado
Describing the work of Hieronymous Bosch, an art historian was recorded saying, "It's always Hell... and a little bit of heaven." In the new documentary, "Touched by the Devil," we're given insights into both the worlds of the artist and of today's keepers of his works. Born 500 years ago on August 9, 1516, the 15th-century Dutch painter was honored this past year at the Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlands with the largest retrospective of his work ever. Known for his altarpieces, Bosch's most famous work is probably "The Garden of Earthly Delights," (above) which has inspired other artists for generations.
The Battle between Carnival and Lent’ (1559), by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Collection of Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
His best-known follower is Pieter Bruegel, the Elder of the 16th century, but we just met a  contemporary follower this weekend in Indianapolis named Robert Allan James. This local artist's work, "Robots Have all the Jobs in Hell" (below) reflects Bosch's pessimism and fantastical style but all through the lens of our technology-based society. A few of you likely saw the Hieronymous Bosch exhibit in the Netherlands this past winter, but the rest of us will have our chance at the movies with "Pieter van Huystee’s Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil."
"Robots Have All the Jobs in Hell" (2016) by Robert Allan James. Photograph courtesy of A&O in Indianapolis
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