HIERONYMUS by Marcel Ruijters

February 18, 2015

The Unauthorised Biography

Hieronymus Bosch visionary creator of demons, elusive genius, humble craftsman. His work belongs to the most iconic images of the Late Middle Ages, but the Dutch master himself has remained largely unknown. This unauthorised biography portrays his working life, his family and his sources of inspiration, that he found himself surrounded with in a time which to us seems as bizarre as his paintings. Marcel tells the story with humour, historical accuracy and beautiful colours.

It is a commissioned work for the Bosch500 Foundation and the Mondriaan Art Fund, as a part of a large program of festivities scheduled for his 500th anniversary in 2016

The Author says:-

In general it is not my intention to reconstruct Bosch’s life – it would be pretentious for anyone to claim to know him. A lot of data has been lost in five centuries and artists from so long ago usually have not left behind that much. Therefore, it is not the idea to give a complete custom writing service overview of his body of works. It is not an essay. Some lost works are hinted at in a playful way. More important is to show that what we know as authentic Bosch paintings, consists of teamwork. And that everything was commissioned work, reflecting the culture of the time rather than personal views of the artist. Therefore there is also quite a lot of comedy going on here. Especially because life was hard, people treated things with a strong sense of irony.


168 pages hardcover 28 x 21 cm.
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