An Artist for Our Time

by Michael Potemra

The 20th century, with its great horrors, made mankind especially receptive to the art of Hieronymus Bosch, with its hallucinatory nightmare visions. The details of the imaginings of this 15th-century Dutch genius are now more easily available than ever before. Last week, I received in our offices a copy of Hieronymus Bosch: The Complete Works, just published by Taschen — and it’s one of the most magnificently produced volumes I’ve ever encountered. If you’ve ever been impressed by a reproduction of one of Bosch’s paintings, or even by one of his originals, this book will make you appreciate his entire oeuvre in a new way, in a level of detail that very few people have enjoyed since Bosch himself was working on it. Strongly recommended.