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ART TALK: A monthly quote from the field of art and aesthetics.
ON HIERONYMUS BOSCH
Recently, several articles have been published about Hieronymus Bosch, the subject of the exhibition “Visions of a Genius” at the artist’s home town of s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. In his article published in the September 8th, 2016 issue of the London Review of Books, Raoul Vaneigem explains the background of Bosch’s most famous painting, “The Garden of Earthly Delights.”
According to Vaneigem, during the late 15th and early 16th Century, there were several sects opposed to the power of organized religion. Two examples given are the Homines Intelligentiae and the Adamite sects. Both of these groups believed in returning to a life of natural innocence, free from fear and guilt. Vaneigem believes that Bosch might have been aware of the background of these sects.
Vaneigem summarizes his findings towards the end of the article when he states his ideas about mankind’s dual nature. He believes that Bosch’s painting depicts this duality: the war between mankind’s desire for freedom from guilt and fear versus mankind’s worldliness, corruption, and sin.
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Joseph D. Lawrence © 2016
"Russian Trees, oil on linen, 36" x 24" 2016
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