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Bosch: The Complete Paintings

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  908 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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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Mariana Orantes
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
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
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
Nathan Brennan
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.
Excellent book to understand the time period and the man behind Bosch's nightmarish dreamscapes.
Very good book about Bosch's art. Very readable and interesting
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