Friday, May 26, 2017

Bosch's Temptations Of St. Anthony

There is no record of how it got to Portugal, but there it is, displayed in a room that features a Cranach as well as a Durer. Late 15th/early 16th. The whole world invaded by sin. He died before the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, the century-plus of horrendous wars of religion. Sensing trouble, perhaps, he had all his works in progress and unsold works destroyed after his death. So I have read.
First, the grisailles

Whole triptych, about the same size as Garden of Earthly Delights



Nice signature


And now for some details; it's always in the details with Bosch

Personal favorite; never mind the sexual imagery

St. Anthony himself, looking more perplexed than

1 comment:

Tawana said...

Ahhh, yes, the details!