The Land of Unlikeness: Hieronymus Bosch, the Garden of Earthly Delights (Studies in Netherlandish Art and Cultural History 10)

The Land of Unlikeness: Hieronymus Bosch, the Garden of Earthly Delights (Studies in Netherlandish Art and Cultural History 10)

By: Reindert L. Falkenburg (author)Paperback

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Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights is one of the most enigmatic paintings in the history of western art. Apart from a brief description by an eyewitness in 1517, there are no contemporary records that tell us anything about the original commission of the painting, its placement, function or audience. Reindert Falkenburg now offers a detailed analysis of Bosch's eye- and mind boggling play with pictorial traditions. He argues that the painting was created towards the end of the fifteenth century as a conversation piece for an audience of Burgundian nobles. He suggests that the Garden of Earthly Delights served as a multifaceted mirror for viewers to reflect on how humanity, while created in the image and likeness of God, in the course of history has lost its original identity and tends towards becoming one with a world that is susceptible to an all-perverting force of evil origin. This debatable nature of Bosch's imagery is central to any engaged viewership, historical or modern.

About Author

Reindert Falkenburg studies the visual arts primarily from the perspective of image/viewer relationships. His scholarly interest regard works by 16th-century Dutch and Flemish masters, such as Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel. Professor Falkenburg currently works as Dean of Humanities & Arts at NYU Abu Dhabi. He served as chair of the Art History Department at Leiden University in The Netherlands and previous to that was Professor of Western Art and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, Deputy Director of the Netherlands Institute for Art History and Research Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.


Preface; Interpretation; Preamble; Glosses on the Garden of Earthly Delights Double Images in Bosch's Epigones; The Mouth of Hell; Upper and Under-World; The Creator, Man and Woman; Visual Typology; The Fountain of Life; Mnemonic Imagery; The Root of Evil; Wonders of Nature; The Burgeoning of Evil; Somnium and Insomnium; Marching Mountains; L'Espace de l'Artifice; Courtly Amusement: Park Hesdin; Entremets; Courtly Love; L'Etat Sauvage; Ye Shall Know Them by Their Fruits; Through a Glass, Darkly; A Glimpse of Hell; The Tree-Man; The Region of Dissemblance; Lucifer's Rule; The Land of Unlikeness; Spectators and Speculators; Princely Mirror; Notes; Bibliography; Credits.

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  • ISBN13: 9789040077678
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9789040077678
  • weight: 1215
  • ISBN10: 9040077673

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