...is a novel set in the turbulent times at the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th Centuries. Despite the stunning realism of the Renaissance, many art collectors in the courts of Spain and Italy were fascinated by the nightmarish and mediaeval visions of Hieronymus Bosch. This book concerns the search for his identity, his intentions and the meanings hidden behind the symbolism of his paintings.
Jheronimus (Jeroen, Jerome, Hieronymous) Bosch (Bosco,van Aken, Aachen),was presumably born around 1450 in 's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch) as Jheronimus of Aachen, a place in modern Germany. He was a member of a family of painters who came from Nijmegen to 's-Hertogenbosch. It is likely that he was apprenticed to his father and grandfather who were both painters in the same town and as far as is known, Bosch lived there all of his life.
Surprisingly little is known about the life of Jheronimus Bosch. Even the paintings and sketches that are conclusively attributed to him are few. Recently, deeper archival research and technical examination have revealed more about 's-Hertogenbosch's most famous resident and his work, though in comparison to some of his contemporaries, information remains comparatively limited.The following pages give a little background information about the artist and his times.
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