Hieronymus Bosch

The Artist by Ben Domingue

Biographical Information

  • Born in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands around 1450. Died August 9, 1516 at the age of 66 in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. He spent most of his time in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands because he didn't like to travel.
  • Hieronymus was taught by his father and other local educators.He was trained by his father because he was also an artist.
  • Bosch did a lot of paintings for his church because he was Catholic. He also spent his time doing most of his work nearby because he usually didn't move far for Netherlands. He was often described as a "hermit".
  • Bosch was a painter who drew religous paintings and paintings of monsters. His paintings were unique compared to other painters. Art historian Erwin Panofsky said " the real secret of his magnificent nightmares and daydreams has still to be disclosed". Some pieces he made are The Haywain, The Garden Of Earthly Delights, and The Seven Deadly Sins.
  • He was hired by his local church to create religous paintings, the church was named Cathedral of Hertogenbosch. He was also employed by Philip the Handsome to create a pice called the last judgement.
  • Bosch demonstrates humanism not just by being a skilled human but his works show human feelings such as fear and envy. His paintings also show thoughts of after life and monsters. He also displays religous beliefs of humans.
  • Bosch is linked to capitalism because he partook in the popular trend of being hired by a patron, or being payed by someone to create something. Patronage was an important part of capitolism in the Renaissance and Bosch is a good example of it.


Work cited:

"Hieronymus Bosch." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.


"Hieronymus Bosch." DISCovering Biography. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.


The Garden Of Earthly Delights

  • Created around 1504 for a church
  • The painting is located in Madrid at the museum called Museo de Prado.
  • This piece is colorful and very detailed. It is unbelievable how a human can create a image with such detail and precise placement of object. This piece is interesting because it is separated into three sections. It is also interesting because it shows paradise and hell on the same painting and when it shuts the back is a painting of earth. This piece is significant because it is a triptych which means it is separated into three panals. It is also significant because it shows representation of religous beliefs. It was important because it gave people a new look at monsters and the afterlife.
  • This represents humanism because it displays human feelings and beliefs. It shows fear of hell and happiness in paradise.
  • Since he was commissioned to do this it shows capitalism, and how this painting shows patronage which was huge during the Renaissance.


Work Cited: "Bosch, Hieronymus: The Garden of Earthly Delight." WebMuseum:. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.