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Description - Bosch by Laurinda Dixon

Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516), one of the major artists of the Northern Renaissance, had a seemingly inexhaustible imagination. Known as the creator of disturbing demons and spectacular hellscapes, he also painted the "Garden of Earthly Delights", where gleeful naked youths feast on giant strawberries. Little is known of Bosch's life and his art has remained enigmatic, variously interpreted as the hallucinations of a madman or the secret language of a heretical sect. The Surrealists claimed Bosch as a predecessor, seeing in his work the imagery of dream, fantasy and the subconscious. Laurinda Dixon argues, however, that to understand and appreciate Bosch's art, we must return to the era in which he lived. Dixon presents Bosch as an artist of his times, knowledgeable about the latest techniques of painting, active in the religious life of his community and conversant with the scientific developments of his day. She draws on popular culture, religious texts and contemporary medicine, astrology, astronomy and chemistry - especially alchemy, now discounted but then of interest to serious thinkers - to investigate the meaning of Bosch's art.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714839745
ISBN-10: 0714839744
Format: Paperback
(220mm x 160mm x 20mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Laurinda Dixon

Laurinda Dixon received her PhD from Boston University and is currently Professor of Art History in the Department of Fine Arts at Syracuse University. She has published six books, including Alchemical Imagery in Bosch's 'Garden of Earthly Delights' and Perilous Chastity: Women and Illness in Pre-Enlightenment Art and Medicine. Dixon has lectured widely in museums and other public venues to audiences with varied expertise in art history and the history of science. Author's Residence: Syracuse, New York, US