(Unofficially) Peter S. Beagle

The Garden of Earthly Delights
by Peter S. Beagle
Published by Viking Press, 1982

Garden seems to be Beagle's attempt at art criticism. The work deals with the art of Hieronymous Bosch, specifically focusing on two of his best known works, The Garden of Earthly Delights and The Haywain. I haven't read this book yet, but Zahorski's pretty hot on it, calling Beagle a "sensitive, knowledgable, and perceptive critic with a knack for creating a text as lively and colorful as his subject's paintings."

Highly recommended: Hieronymous Bosch Virtual Gallery

From Encyclopedia.com:

Bosch, Hieronymus
c.1450-1516, Flemish painter. His surname was van Aeken. A great influence on Pieter Brueghel, the Elder (see BRUEGEL, family), and hailed in the 20th cent. as a forerunner of SURREALISM, Bosch had a passion for the grotesque and macabre. His paintings, e.g., Adoration of the Magi (Metropolitan Mus.), are filled with bizarre plants, animals, and figures suggested perhaps by folk legends or moralizing religious literature. He was a favorite of Philip II of Spain, who collected such works as Garden of Earthly Delights (Prado) and the Temptation of St. Anthony (Lisbon).

From Encarta Online:

Bosch, Hieronymus (1450?-1516)
Flemish artist, known for his enigmatic panels illustrating complex religious subjects with fantastic, often demonic imagery. Bosch lived in 's 's-Hertogenbosch, a provincial but prosperous town located in the historic region of Flanders, in what is now the Netherlands, close to the Belgian border. He combined astrology, folklore, and witchcraft with depictions of saints and the theme of the Antichrist to create a labyrinth of Christian iconography. Stylistically, Bosch worked in a manner called alla prima, a method of applying paint freely on a preliminary foundation of brownish paint. Dated works by Bosch do not exist, and panels with his signature might actually have been created by his followers. His pictures were widely imitated well into the later 16th century. Works generally accepted as Bosch's include The Marriage at Cana (Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands), The Seven Deadly Sins (Prado, Madrid, Spain), and The Garden of Earthly Delights (Prado).


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