Hieronymus Bosch

Katelyn Kling

A Biography

Bosch was a very famous Renaissance artist, born in 1450 in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, and he spent most of his time here. Very little is known about Bosch disregarding his works. It is not clear where he received a formal lesson as to where he was trained for painting, but he spent a great deal of time at Brotherhood of our Lady. Bosch was surrounded by a family of artists who influenced him as he led on the family tradition. He mainly stuck to painting, and his medium was mainly oil that he painted on wood rather than canvas. Some of his paintings are Crucifixion, 1480-1485, Christ Carrying the Cross,1480-1490, and Table of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things; Pride, 1480-1500. With a large number of his paintings being of the darker sides of religion and world views, many people were convinced he was a worshipper of satan even though a great deal of of work his did for churches (not necessarily his paintings, but stained glass and other works). Besides churches, it is very hard to tell who Bosch's paintings are for because of the very limited information that was left behind.
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Garden of Earthly Delights (closed): The Creation of the World, circa 1504

This piece can be found in the Museo del Arado, and has been imitated as paintings and in tapestries throughout the world. It has also been mentioned in ¨Stephen King's The Dark Tower: A Concordance¨ by Robin Furth. This painting is oil on wood, and Bosch uses panels which was different for artists to do and made the painting able to fold. In this painting I see chaos. I see storm clouds above what looks to me like young trees which makes me think of birth or growth. The painting is also a sphere which shows how the idea of growth and development is something that affects the world as a whole, which shows how humanistic Bosch was in his work. A lot of Bosch's paintings are very religious and teach and express the Catholic religion and the story of the Bible. He showed unification and how people the world work together, which is quite ironic because of the idea that people believed he worshipped satan. The idea of having chaos show the birth and progression of a new Earth is really intriguing to me because it shows me how we all rely on each other and everything to make the world work together.

Works Cited

"Hieronymus Bosch." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Biography in Context. Web. 2 Dec. 2015.
Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.


Hickson, Sally. “Khan academy.” Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights. Khan Academy, n.d.

Furth, Robin. Stephen King’s the Dark Tower: A Concordance. N.p.: Simon and Schuster, 1 Nov. 2004.