The Wicked World of Hieronymus Bosch with Andrea Van Houtven

The Wicked World of Hieronymus Bosch with Andrea Van Houtven


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Birds on skates, a man and woman riding a flying fish, frolicking nudes overdosing on pleasure and bounty, ghoulish images of sin, temptation, and hell – these are just some of the mystifying figures and forms that populate the works of the late-medieval Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516). But how are we to interpret them, and what do they all mean? This conversation explores the bawdy tapestry of human pleasure and vice in the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch and the monsters of hell and creatures of Eden that make him one of history's most original artists. 

Perhaps most famous for his large, provocative triptych known as the Garden of Earthly Delights, one of the masterpieces at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Bosch specialized in complex altarpieces and moralizing secular works that he painted for an élite, often aristocratic audience in and around his hometown of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, in southern Holland. We’ll learn how Bosch drew on a broad range of biblical, literary, folk, and popular sources to create some of the most engaging –and frightening—images of man’s foibles and the punishments he could expect after death. We’ll discuss how his graphic, sometimes cartoonish style remains as fresh today as it was groundbreaking in its time.

Led by an expert art historian, Andrea Van Houtven, this interactive seminar will introduce participants to the symbolic language of Bosch’s paintings. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the breadth and variety of his imagery and a better understanding of the concepts he conveyed to his audience.

Andrea has a Ph.D in Art History from the University of Maryland, and wrote her dissertation on seventeenth-century Spanish art. She has been living in Madrid for over twenty years, where she teaches at an arts college, and has been a Context expert for over ten years.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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