Hieronymus Bosch

By: Quent McDonough

A Glimpse Into The Life Of Hieronymous Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch, previously known as Jheronimus Anthoniszoon, was born in 1450 in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, and lived there most his life. Hieronymus was a Dutch painter with an original style like no other, linking him to individualism. Very scarce facts are known about Hieronymus, but we do know he was trained locally, or is believed to be trained by a relative of his.He was also patroned by the archduke of Austria, Phillip The Handome, to paint The Last Judgement.

Hieronymus' Art & Influences

In Bosch's paintings he uses a lot of symbolism and paints exquisite details resulting in truly standing out from a crowd. Hieronymus's father, uncle and grandfather were all painters, so it is quite possible he was influenced by both of their styles. Also, in 1480-1515 (Bosch's most active time), Netherlands paintings were changing and being influenced from The Italian Renaissance and the great artists being born in this time. It is said that Bosch's style changed as his life went on, but The Marriage At Cana was a true turning point is his style.

The Ship Of Fools

The Ship Of Fools was painted between 1490-1500 (not known because Bosch did not date his works), but no one is quite sure where Bosch painted it. It is now located in Paris, France at a museum, Musee du Louvre. This peice in particular is interesting to me because of all the symbolism Bosch used creating it. It is said that The Ship Of Fools symbolizes mankind as a whole, on one ship together lead by fools. Bosch believed this is how the people of his time were living, doing foolish things and never reaching goals (a harbor). This painting shows multiple characteristics of a true Renaissance painting. The Ship Of Fools embodies scientific naturalism by using perspective. In the foreground of the painting is a large ship, but in the background the tree and other items appear smaller. individualism is also used in this painting. If you look close enough, you could see each character has their own facial expression, showing they are all seperate individuals.


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