Hieronymus Bosch


Biography of Hieronymus Bosch

  • Hieronymus was born in 1450 in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
  • Bosch traveled around to find work. He didn't really settle in one place to work
  • Bosh came from a family of painters. His dad, uncles and grandfather taught him how to paint
  • Not a lot is known about Bosch's personal life, but he was married to Aleida van Meervenne. She was a lot younger than Bosch
  • Bosch painted a lot, but only about 40 pieces were found and they were not dated but they were signed. He did a lot of religious paintings for the Church like Christ Carrying the Cross and Last Judgement
  • His patrons were the Church and the Brotherhood of Our Lady order

Humanism- Even though his paintings are religious, they show emotions, detail and the human form

Skepticism- A lot of questions are being formed about his artwork but hardly any can be answered and proved

Works Cited-"Hieronymus Bosch." DISCovering Biography. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web, 9 Jan. 2013

The Work

The Garden of Earthly Delights is one of Hieronymus Bosch's most famous artwork found. It is an oil painting created on three different panels. Because none of Bosch's works were dated, the date for when The Garden of Earthly Delights was created is not known but thought to have been made between 1480 and 1505. What was so significant about this piece was that it was painted on oak, which did not become popular until the 16th century, and started the change into Triptych. I find this piece interesting because "the painting was an allegory on the origin, diffusion, and punishment of sin revealed in terms of a psychological as well as physical drama", it was really symbolic and was a great definition of the artist's 'middle period'. Bosch's work exemplifies humanism because it shows the realities of being a human, the raw human form, the sins that humans do, and where those sins lead us to.

Works Cited-

Bosch, Hieronymus. The Garden of Earthly Delights. N.d. The Prado Museum, Madrid.

"Hieronymus Bosch." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 9 Jan. 2013