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Bosch: The Complete Paintings

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If Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516) remains an enigma today, it is little wonder. Even his contemporaries found the Dutch painter's work difficult to decipher—and it still presents riddles to contemporary art historians.

Part of the problem in decoding his shocking and richly allegorical paintings is that virtually nothing is known of the artist himself, apart from his birthpl
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Taschen (first published January 1st 1987)
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Mar 18, 2016 Lotz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time I visited the Prado I was stunned. At the time, I typically wasn't moved by visual art, but something clicked that day and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s very hard to choose among the treasures of the Prado, but of all the many masterful paintings in the museum my favorite is El Bosco’s Garden of Earthly Delights.

For me, this painting is Dante’s Divine Comedy made manifest. Bosch is the only painter I know who could equal that great poet’s vision and imagination. The result is
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Nov 07, 2011 Mariana Orantes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El libro es una buena forma de acercarse a este genio. Por una parte, el autor retoma a otros autores que han hablado sobre el Bosco y los compara para ofrecer una visión amplia de la crítica. Después, ofrece interpretaciones de los mismos sobre algunas cosas, como los frutos y los peces del Jardín de las delicias para que el lector se mantenga al nivel simbólico que se ha estudiado sin caer en interpretaciones arbitrarias. Hace conexiones muy acertadas como la de los triunfos con El carro del h ...more
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Jan 01, 2016 Vi MacDonald rated it it was amazing
Bosch's paintings are some of the most brilliant and nightmarish creations I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.
Bosing's text doesn't really add anything to the overall package but it doesn't need to - these paintings speak for themselves, and what they say is brilliant, terrifying and sometimes hilarious.
Apr 13, 2016 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book at a used bookstore in Venice, Florida for $3! I bought it primarily for the images of Bosch's paintings, many of which I hadn't seen before. But I also found the text informative (although there were some terrible grammatical errors), and in several cases I felt like I learned something because of the context provided by the text. As other people have commented, the illustrations are incredible, both in quality and content. It's a perfect introduction to Bosch and had me enth ...more
Dec 06, 2011 Juan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-and-design
Overall, it is a very nice book. Just as other reviewers have said, Bosing’s narrative is clear and also generous in space with the various interpretations that have been proposed for Bosch’s paintings. The quality of the images is excellent, as one would expect from Taschen, and they are as thoroughly commented as a book this length allows. I think it is an outstanding first approach to this enigmatic painter.

That said, there are a few mildly annoying editing details that stain this book. First
Oct 07, 2009 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gets 5 stars for the quality of the reproductions. There are many works here I had never seen, and most of Bosch's work is accounted for. However, the text is a bit old-fashioned and academic. There is little about Bosch himself (possibly becuase there is not much information out there). There is a very nice putting of Bosch into historical context, especially of late Medievel Dutch Catholic art. The chapters are organized by Bosch's central themes, which allows a fine overview and com ...more
Mar 05, 2016 Bernie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual Taschen provided a book with great illustrations in a easy to handle hardback. These books are usually a good introduction to an artist but I feel this time it went further. I suppose because there is so little information on the artist Hieronymus Bosch it delved into the painting with more depth.
I was fortunate enough to see the exhibition held in his home town Hertogenbosch celebrating the 500th anniversary of his death. This book helped me to have a better understanding of his work
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Aug 18, 2012 Nathan Brennan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good little study of Bosch, With excellent quality reproductions. Probably better as an introduction to his work more than anything else, but a good read nonetheless.
Jul 14, 2008 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sheila by: Tracy
Excellent book to understand the time period and the man behind Bosch's nightmarish dreamscapes.
Jan 02, 2008 TJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Very good book about Bosch's art. Very readable and interesting
Jan 28, 2008 Melzanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-and-art
totally rad representation.
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