Art on This Day
The Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch died in 1450 on this day. Bosch is famed for his fantastical depictions of Biblical scenes full of grotesque details and imaginative flourish. His work was widely imitated in his lifetime and significantly influenced sixteenth century Netherlandish art, with Pieter Bruegel the Elder being the most significant follower.
Bosch’s most prominent surviving work is The Garden of Earthly Delights (c. 1490-1510), a triptych of vivid visions of Creation and Hell. An exhibition currently on view at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, titled “Infinite Garden”, presents a modern-day take on this magnetic work through an immersive multi-projection audiovisual installation that allows spectators to enter the triptych through a perceptual space. The exhibition is on view until October 2nd, 2016.