Hieronymus Bosch 1450-1516 (Netherlands) High Renaissance & Mannerism

Bosch was a Netherlandish painter during the early 16th century, who is known for his peculiar fantastical style. He greatly influenced northern art and his work became so popular that he even started receiving commissions abroad. His work is very hard to understand and interpret, since he left no documentation about his life or work behind. Therefore, very little is actually known about him, but from his work we can guess that he was trying to reveal heaven and hell, evil, human desires, and humanities’ fears. Bosch’s most famous pieces are his triptych altarpieces; one of which is The Garden of Earthly Delights.  Using oak panels and oil paints as his medium, he created at least sixteen triptychs.

I totally love his style because not only did he use realistic figures in his paintings, but he mixed them with his imagination to make his pieces look like a totally fabricated world that has just come out of a fantasy genre novel. This was a huge leap away from what anyone had done in the 15th or 16th century, because everyone was drawing portraits or trying to draw everything realistically.


– The Story of Art


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