If Bosch existed in the 21st Century… What would he have done?
Like most everyone in the Netherlands circa 1500, Bosch had a firm understanding of Christianity’s central message: sin and go to hell, be good and go to Heaven. And this was pretty important in Bosch’s day, because the people who were willing to finance art were all good Christians – or at least they wanted everyone to think they were. Yet unlike most of his contemporaries, even other genius labeled painters and technically skilled artists, Bosch had a unique visual imagination. He didn’t just bring this message to life in the standard narrative depictions, using it to teach an object lesson through allegory or simply flattering his patrons through the Renaissance equivalent of a selfie with Jesus. Instead, Bosch’s paintings swarm with stories, religious symbols, and bizarre creations that combine ordinary human shortcomings with astute observations of the natural world and his own personal vision.