Hieronymus Bosch and the “Weirdness that Swarmed from his Brain”

I like weird art. I like The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, The Last Tuesday Society in London, and Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris. I like Codex Seraphinianus and the Voynich Manuscript.

I like Hieronymus Bosch, whose depictions of seduction, sin, and judgement seem almost contemporary. I like to see a good hell mouth in art or in a pageant play. Bosch turned 500 this year and The Noordbrabants Museum in Holland has organized the biggest Bosch exhibition ever. Amazing considering the museum owns no Bosch paintings and has managed to call twenty home from all over the world. According to the Guardian the city of ’s-Hertogenbosch will come alive with, “moving projections of Bosch paintings in the marketplace, and 3D recreations – erupting through pavements or hanging from lampposts – of angels, demons, damned souls, mermaids riding on flying fish, drunken priests, lascivious women, and monsters with the legs of a giant chicken and the body of an egg.” Cool!

Those images come from his most famous work, a triptych called The Garden of Earthly Delights. The work is so popular that you can buy a Bosch beanbag featuring its creatures on Etsy. Unfortunately, it’s too old to make the trip from the Prado and also Spain has decided to hold back two more works due to beef about Dutch researchers deattributing them on television.

Another fun Bosch fact is that he was likely tripping on St. Anthony’s Fire, which could have been shingles or ergot poisoning when he was painting. I had shingles and I didn’t paint shit. I just lied there and moaned.

My boss is going to Holland for the exhibition. Lucky bastard.

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

The Last Tuesday Society

Musée des Arts et Métiers

Codex Seraphinianus

Voynich Manuscript

Hieronymus Bosch

The Noordbrabants Museum

Guardian article

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Hieronymus Bosch and the “Weirdness that Swarmed from his Brain”

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