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  1. Hieronymus Bosch c. 1450-1516-part 1

    His true name was Jeroen Anthoniszoon van Aken. He was born c. 1450 in s'Hertogenbosch, a blossoming Netherlandish commercial town in northern Brabant. His grandfather, father, brother, and three uncles were also painters. Sometime between 1471 and 1481 he married Aleyt van den Meervenne, daughter of a wealthy burgher. In 1486 he was registered as a member of the Lieve-Vrouwe Broederschap (Brotherhood of Our Lady) in which he became a "notable" two years later. From the Brotherhood's records ...

    Updated 11-18-2008 at 10:11 PM by stlukesguild

  2. Hieronymus Bosch c. 1450-1516-part 2

    Three surviving panels by Bosch represent an intriguing view of impact of the passage of time upon art. One panel is the Death and the Miser in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

    In this painting a miser... perhaps once a mercenary, as suggested by the armor and weapons placed so prominently in the foreground... is seen simultaneously in in two poses. He checks upon his wealth... ...

    Updated 11-18-2008 at 10:39 PM by stlukesguild

  3. Hieronymus Bosch c. 1450-1516-part 3

    With The Garden of Earthly Delights (c. 1505) we come to Bosch's "masterpiece" and the painting for which he is deservedly most well-known. With this painting, Bosch pulled together various elements and threads that he had explored throughout the whole of his career and organized them into a single, virtually flawless, complex whole.

    The painting, housed in the Prado, Madrid, is a triptych. We may as well start by looking at the exterior doors:


    Updated 11-18-2008 at 11:21 PM by stlukesguild

  4. Hieronymus Bosch c. 1450-1516-part 4

    Like many artists, I have played at the game of what painting I would want to take with me on the proverbial desert island. Inevitably, I have been drawn to the Garden of Earthly Delights. The layers of meaning... the complexity... the contrast and variation from the most noble ideals... to lush sensuality... physical beauty... and eroticism... to the almost exquisite brutality... horror... ugliness... Such leads me to feel that I might easily spend endless hours with this work without ever feeling ...

    Updated 11-18-2008 at 11:55 PM by stlukesguild

  5. BREAKING NEWS: Angelina Jolie, too busy reading 'Great Expectations', to have sex

    by , 11-18-2008 at 03:37 PM (Insights from a person of questionable sanity)
    BREAKING NEWS: Angelina Jolie, too busy reading 'Great Expectations', to have sex with husband


    There were rumours - of doubtful veracity -that Angelina Jolie used IVF treatment because she couldn't wait for Brad Pitt to do his part like a dutiful husband but I doubt that act of desperation was because she was too busy reading ...

    Updated 02-25-2009 at 07:41 AM by optimisticnad