Creepy creatures, freaky animals and devil like figures in imaginative paintings to depict religious and moral stories. A nightmare in a horror scenario, terryfiying pictures are shown in the work of Hieronymus Bosch. A glance on his work gives you a feeling of the horrors divine punishment for sins that mankind have committed. If you look good you see the many witty details.
Jeroen Bosch, also known as Jeroen van Aken, lived presumably from 1450 till 1516 in the city ’s Hertogenbosch, commonly known as “Den Bosch”. This city lies about 90 kilometers south of Amsterdam in the province of North Brabant.
The artwork of Jeroen Bosch is establisehd in the Jheronimus Bosch Art center in the former Saint Jacobchurch. His work comes to its best in this christian location. Jeroen Bosch painted in a typical style, also very special for the time he lived in. Because Jeroen Bosch painted satirical performances he got the nickname “the devilsmaker”. Even by living he already was a famous painter and received commissions from the court.
This painter takes you to a world with fabulous creatures, religion, symbols with deeper mainings. You can imagine how anxious people must have been seeing these crazy performances and turned to the church for help and forgiveness. Even in this time one should be scared of the world Jeroen Bosch is showing us.
The time Jeroen Bosch lived in was the transition from the Middle Ages to modern times “the Renaissance”. In these days religion was very importend and Jeroen Bosch was a religious man, he was a registrated member of the church.
About the life of Jeroen Bosch little is known, he left no letters of dairy’s and even his specific day of birth is unknown.
In 2016 its the 500 birthday of Jeroen Bosch. The art centre has plans to celebrath this event on a special way. So if you love the art of Jheronimus its worth coming a long in 2016.
Jheronimus Bosch Art Center
Address: Jeroen Boschplein, Den Bosch
By train (intercity) from Amsterdam Central Station it takes about 1 hour to get to Den Bosch.