For those interested in studying large images of Bosch paintings, please see the bottom of the page where detailed pictures are included on several of Bosch's most famous paintings. Each of the smaller images below come with links to where you can buy them as prints online, with a great selection available from the Hieronymus Bosch prints gallery. Hieronymus Bosch was a prominent Dutch painter in the 15th and 16th century about whom a considerable amount is known when considering the timing of his life. Bosch is famous for using his art to cover moral and religious issues as was common at the time, and his triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights, is his most respected painting and you can see that below.
Most Popular Bosch Print
Garden of Earthly Delights is the best known painting by Bosch and features an exciting and detailed array of characters within the left, centre and right sides of the piece which continues to receive incredible amounts of attention within the art world because of it's prominence within Bosch's career and also the legacy of the artist himself. The actual original title for Garden of Earthly Delights is unfortunately unknown and there still remains some details on the artist which have not been discovered because of the very early nature of Bosch's career with it being in the 15th century. The painting features different religious paintings within the three sections including Adam and Eve in one, and there is plenty more information on this fine work within this website.
Further Artworks to Consider
The links above that accompany the Garden of Earthly Delights image go to the excellent Art.com Bosch gallery with Garden of Earthly Delights available in many different formats to suit your own tastes, such as framed or unframed art prints, giclees, posters and stretched canvases. You must consider quite a lot of factors when picking the right print, such as the retailer itself, and any import taxes that you might incur when ordering from abroad. There are options for customising the product with smart frames or inlay cards between frame and print. The print itself can also come in many different sizes, up to the original size as designed by Bosch all those years ago. Normally it is worth deciding where the product is to be hung prior to customising it. Most major countries have a good number of retailers who can deliver this artist's work to your home, as art prints or posters. It is perhaps worth asking friends and family as to their own experiences, as they might be able to recommend or warn you against some of the companies available and their views will normally be easier to trust than those that you come across online.
Temptation of St Anthony
Temptation of St Anthony is another popular choice within the career of Hieronymus Bosch and many like to buy reproductions of it for their own homes, typically as art prints or hand painted oil paintings like the original. Temptation of St Anthony features a very unusual portrait of two people sat upon a large fish which underlines the great history involved with the life of this artist who starred in the 15th and 16th centuries. Temptation of St Anthony holds a great similarity to Bosch's other work Epiphany with it's religious connotations and also the use of colour within both, perhaps suggesting that the two came at a very similar point in the artist's career.
It is important to remember that because of the period in which Bosch starred, as long ago as the 15th and 16th centuries, there are many unanswered questions and a slightly blurred detail on many of his paintings such as exactly when and where they were created. The work above features a different approach to some other more complex paintings with a very calming background helping to make this a stand-out painting within his career, and a great alternative to the large, manic works that other dominate the main achievements of the artist's career.
Tondal's Vision is a typically busy painting by Bosch that you can see above. It features a religious landscape covered by activity and many small portraits of characters involved in a variety of incidents. The painting seems to verge on the surreal with the artist addressing moral and religious issues which held some importance to him.
Ascent of the Blessed
Ascent of the Blessed is a painting by Bosch that follows a simpler look that many of his others, with a very clear message to the viewer and only a few characters starring in this work. Typically for Bosch and any other artist from this period, it tackles Christian topics and finds inspiration in the teachings of religion as well as specific stories within it.
Concert in the Egg
Concert in the Egg is an interesting and detailed painting by Bosch that features a host of friends joining together for some music, whilst perculiarly sat in an egg which was to symbolise an important message from the artist. The great detail and imagination throughout the painting make it full of longevity with many seemingly random objects strewn around the background of the work.
Ship of Fools
Ship of Fools is amongst the best known oil painting by Bosch and continues his style of detailed portraits of many different characters right across a carefully selected background to give another inspiring work with a great detail of interest to be found. Ship of Fools is also amongst the most popular reproductions from Bosch's entire career.
Last Judgement is a powerful Triptych painting by Hieronymus Bosch which leaves a strong feeling upon even the quickest view of this elaborate religious work. The artist successfully portrays the horror of this common artistic topic and uses the large available canvases to produce a series of three sides that together cover different parts of a decimated landscape.
Hell works in a similar way to Bosch's Last Judgement, as seen above, and features a horrifying landscape as the artist attempts to match the dark elements to these two different religious topics. There is no doubt that Bosch achieves this successfully and both are amongst the most reproduced art prints from the many different paintings available from his extensive career.
Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things Tabletop
Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things Tabletop is a title which accurately describes this popular and imaginative Bosch piece that goes to extreme levels of detail to the benefit of the viewer who has an incredible amount of visual information and beauty to enjoy from this impressive painting. The final result of Bosch's interest in depicting the Seven Deadly Sins is a colourful and stylish work that boasts imagination and artistic innovation.
Garden of Delights 1480 is a painting which may be much loved today and respected by academics alike, but the career and work of Bosch was not always as popular because of the unusual style that he would use in his work and the bravery with which he went about his career at such a traditional period in artistic development.
Death and the Miser
Death and the Miser is another sad but powerful painting by Bosch and features typically strong and negative elements that the artist uses to clearly communicate his message for the painting. Death and the Miser is therefore similar to The Last Judgement and Hell in indicating how the painter would not simply stick to pretty, soft topics for the benefit of increasing commissions and making more money. Bosch was undeniably an artist with great integrity.
Garden of Earthly Delights 1504 Triptych represents what can be achieved by segmenting a work into three separate pieces by linking them together through a carefully thought out painting which takes advantage of these alternative dimensions for the canvas. Garden of Earthly Delights is certainly one of the finest pieces of art from the 15th and 16th century and well worth further study. For those who appreciate it, the links included above will offer you an opportunity to buy art print reproductions of the original.
Famous Triptych Paintings
Many famous artists such as Bosch have produced exceptional triptych paintings and we include a list of the best below.
The Annunciation and Two Saints (Simone Martini)
The Merode Altarpiece (Robert Campin)
The Garden of Earthly Delights and The Haywain Triptych (Hieronymus Bosch)
The Portinari Altarpiece (Hugo Van Der Goes)
The Raising of the Cross (Peter Paul Rubens)
Departure (Max Beckmann)
Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (Francis Bacon)
List of Hieronymus Bosch Paintings
Besides those included within this website, there are many other Bosch paintings worth studying, please see a full list below.
Adoration of the Magi
The Garden of Earthly Delights
The Martyrdom of St. Julia
Hermit Saints Triptych
The Temptation of St. Anthony
The Fall of the Rebel Angels
The Last Judgement
Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat
Mankind Beset by Devils
Ascent of the Blessed
Fall of the Damned
Crucifixion With a Donor
Christ Carrying the Cross
Christ Crowned with Thorns
The Marriage Feast at Cana
St. Christopher Carrying the Christ Child
St. Jerome at Prayer
St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness
St. John the Evangelist on Patmos
The Temptation of St. Anthony
Allegory of Gluttony and Lust
Death of the Reprobate
Death and the Miser
The Extraction of the Stone of Madness
Head of a Halberdier
Head of a Woman
The Last Judgment
The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things
Ship of Fools
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