HIERONYMUS BOSCH IN VENICE
There’s an exhibition I haven’t talked about yet, but I put it in the list of the unmissable events in Italy.
It’s an exhibition made up of visions, like those of the works on display.
I’m referring to works by Hieronymus Bosch, the most mysterious and peculiar artist of the Renaissance, protagonist of “Hieronymus Bosch and Venice”, an exhibition displayed in the Doge’s Apartment of the Doge’s Palace of Venice.
An interesting exhibition which gives me the chance to tell you why three masterpieces by Hieronymus Bosch are housed in Venice.
Three paintings by Hieronymus Bosch are included in the public collections of Venice, two triptychs and four panels.
Venice is the only city in Italy to conserve works by the Flemish visionary artist. They are autograph works, and are housed in Venice since the 17th century in the collection of Cardinal Domenico Grimani.
Bosch in Grimani’s collection
Domenico Grimani (1461-1523) belonged to a Venetian noble family and was a refined art collector. He had wide-ranging interests, from classical studies to Jewish studies, from philosophy to theology, and boasted an extraordinary collection of Flemish and German paintings, including three works by Hieronymus Bosch.
The Cardinal had an amazing collection, and on his death, in 1523, several works were left to the Republic of Venice.
The paintings by Hieronymus Bosch in Venice influenced many artists, who reproduced in their works similar scenes, crowded with monsters and odd architectural structures, where everything was attributed to the theme of dreams and visions.
The presence of works by Hieronymus Bosch in Venice is a key chapter to understand the art of this artist, his luck, and his influence on several generation of artists, not least Keith Haring who, when he saw Bosch’s paintings, in the 1980s, was fascinated by those mysterious scenes.
Below you can watch a video made by putting together images of paintings by Hieronymus Bosch in Venice.
“I immediately went to see the Hieronymus Bosch painting Garden of Earthly Delights.
I was amazed by the sense of hyper-reality in these paintings.
It’s hard to image (since we live in the age of the photographic image) what it was like to see and think like this in the 1500s.” – Keith Haring
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Palazzo Ducale – Appartamento del Doge
18 febbraio – 4 giugno 2017
Intero: 12,00 euro Ridotto: 10,00 euro