The work of Bosco "is not closed", but encourages "discussion", according to expert

The work of Bosco

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Bosco's work "is not closed in on itself", but rather "moves the conversation and discussion about it", as was, in some way, his intention, the doctor in Art History from the Complutense University of Madrid told Efe this Wednesday Jose Juan Perez.

Pérez (Madrid, 1973), also curator of Flemish Painting at the Prado Museum, has made these statements on the occasion of his lecture on Hieronymus Bosch, known in Spain as El Bosco, within the course “The geniuses of the Prado”, In the Auditorium of the City of Logroño.

This course, which can be accessed free of charge prior registration via email [email protected], has been organized by the International University of La Rioja (UNIR) and Friends of the Prado Museum foundations, with the collaboration of the City Council of Logroño.

This historian has indicated that Bosch is "such an amazing artist and with so many nuances and questions, sometimes unresolved, about which there is much opinion and controversy, that new and interesting questions can always be discovered".

His lecture focuses on "this magnificent artist of the early 16th century, especially through the works of the Prado Museum, which are clearly paradigmatic of his creations."

“He is one of the most important artists of all time because he transcends the condition of mere craftsman, typical of painters at the end of the Middle Ages, to become an artist in the sense that we give him today, that of a creator that not only fascinates for his technical capacity but for the ideas he manages to capture in his works ”, he remarked.

Bosco, he continued, "it draws from the inheritance of a very meticulous type of creation, in the sense that it uses very fine brushes, and very detailed, as well as very colorful".

“To those works that provoke such a forceful aesthetic attraction in the viewer, the result of that tradition, he is able to incorporate a series of intellectual questions, the result of humanist thought at the beginning of the 16th century, which makes them fascinating paintings even today, more than 500 years after they were created ”, he stressed.

Has pointed out that the Prado Museum “is fortunate enough to house some of the most interesting works of all those that El Bosco produced, thanks to a collection that Felipe II put together in the 16th century, at a time very close to the artist's death, when he became a highly esteemed reference in all European courts ”.

Philip II, he pointed out, “he treasured this collection and destined it to the Monastery of El Escorial, created by him, and in time, it ended up in the Prado Museum”, where the largest collection of this artist exists today.

"An artist is never known only for the works that may be in a museum, even in the case of Bosco and the collection that the Prado Museum has", which "illustrates very well what the art of this painter is", has highlighted.

The Prado Museum contains pieces that are "references" of this artist, such as "The Garden of Earthly Delights", but “he is a fairly broad creator and there are great works by Bosco also outside this space, without going any further, in Lisbon there is the‘Triptych of the Temptations of Saint Anthony"Which is a piece as singular as those found in the Prado", he concluded.

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