BOSCH: Visions Alive

Venue: Lenfilm studio Stage 5, Kamennoostrovsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg, Russia

June 10, 2016 – October 2, 2016

In 2106, Europe marks 500 years since the death of Early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch. The ‘Bosch. Visions Alive’ show is one of the central events held in Russia to commemorate the Renaissance master. Adjectives most commonly used to describe Bosch’s work include strange, mysterious and fearful. The symbols he used in his paintings seem to embody all the superstitions and dreads that tormented people during the Middle Ages.

Some say that Bosch was a surrealist artist, an ‘honorary professor of nightmares.’ Others insist that his paintings contain encrypted messages, secret formulas used by alchemists, astrologers and wizards of his times. So who is Hieronymus Bosch? You’ll find at least some of the answers at ‘Bosch. Visions Alive’.

The opening part of the show contains almost every bit of information available about the life and work of Hieronymus Bosch, including some most incredible theories. While the multimedia hall features a visual feast of nightmarish but still magnetic images from Bosch’s masterpieces. Slippery reptiles, pot-bellied monsters, fish with human legs, barrel-bodied figures, and spidery creatures – this phantasmagoric world of Bosch’s will keep you enchanted for hours on end.

One of Bosch’s most famous paintings, ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ has been the subject of heated discussions among art lovers from around the world for more than 500 years. The three parts of the triptych cover the entire human experience – from earthly existence to the afterlife. The left panel depicts Paradise, the right one depicts Hell, with the garden of earthly delights placed in between.

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