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Published on Aug 12, 2008
Hieronymus Bosch; Jeroen Bosch; Jheronimous Bosch; Jeroen van Aken; Jeroen van Aeken; Jerome van Aken; Jeroen Anthoniszoon; Jheronimus van Aeken; El Bosco...
All these names for an artist who was so famous that he could use the name of his hometown, and everyone new who he was. Probably born in 1450 and died in 1516. (Den Bosch or 's Hertogenbosch) Member of the Brotherhood of Our Lady. Accused of drugsabuse, insanity and being a member of a cult (The Adamites) (Adamieten) At the age of 13 he survived a huge fire in which some 4000 houses went up in flames. That could be the reason why he painted so many fires into his art. Most of the symbols he used in his paintings are long forgotten, so it is hard to understand their meaning. Jheronimus is ofthen seen as the godfather of surrealism. Most of his collection remains in Spain, for king Filip II of Spain adored his paintings. Some of his altar-pieces where taken by catholic priests and never seen again. His triptychs received comments like sick jokes and unexplainable even in his own days. And there where rumors that Jheronimus could see into the future. One of his nicknames is "le Faizeur de Dyables" The images of Hieronymus or Jheronimous Bosch are mostly described as horrific representations, torments of Hell, diabolic scenes and apocalyptic pictures inhabited by half- human half- animal creatures