It is nearly impossible to go “beyond Bosch.” Master of the outlandish and premier portraitist of the hellish beyond, Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516) challenged imitators, yet imitators were legion, as the exhibition on display at the Harvard Art Museums shows. Joseph Leo Koerner, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard, will introduce the art of this most enigmatic of painters, consider its amazing afterlife, especially in the medium of print, and explore how the achievements of the artist transcended those of his predecessors. Sketching the path from Bosch to Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525–1569), Koerner will discover the birth of a painting of everyday life from the spirit of enmity.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Beyond Bosch: The Afterlife of a Renaissance Master in Print, on view at the Harvard Art Museums from January 23 to May 8, 2016.
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