Mark Collins – The Birth of the Modern

At The Economist:

Hieronymus Bosch
Painter of our greatest fears
A major new exhibition shows Hieronymus Bosch to be startlingly modern

No kidding.  I have very little interest in painting generally; but in 1966, when 18 and hitch-hiking around Europe (and Morocco), I saw Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” at the Prado, Madrid.  I was stunned by the work and must have spent a good three-quarters of an hour examining it.  What exercised my mind was the stunning modernism of the brutally mechanistic nature of much of the piece.  An almost science fiction aspect, produced by a mind one could not imagine as so close to the mediaeval.  Yet I felt I understood that mind immediately.  Scary:


Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1480-1505, oil on panel, 220 x 390 cm (Prado)Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1480-1505, oil on panel, 220 x 390 cm (Prado, Madrid)


Related art from the period at this post.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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