Focus on: Bosch

Course Dates: 19/02/17
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Can knowledge of the society in which Hieronymus Bosch lived and worked help us understand his bizarre paintings? Was he suffering from mental illness or merely using visual metaphors we can no longer understand? Tutor: Julia Musgrave #arthistory #hieronymusbosch #weekend #weekendcourse #weekendclass.

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  • Focus on: Bosch

Focus on: Bosch

  • Focus on: Bosch

What is the course about?

Bosch’s lifetime, Western Europe was in a near continuous state of religious upheaval, intense intellectual activity, and technical innovation – the rise of printmaking in the fifteenth century was one of the big changes. There were also repeated outbreaks of plague. By the sixteenth century, humanist ideas from Italy – with its renewed interest in classical scholarship – took root in the rest of Europe, and were promoted at centres of learning such as the University of Wittenberg where, in 1517, Martin Luther set in motion the events leading to the Protestant Reformation.

Relatively little is known of Hieronymus Bosch’s life or his training. In this one-day course we will look at the religious, political and philosophical background to this artist’s paintings such as The Garden of Earthly Delights and The Haywain in order to see whether a better understanding of the background to their creation and viewing changes how we can read them now.

What will we cover?

• The religious and intellectual life of Hieronymus Bosch’s circle and how their ideas might have impacted his work
• Key works by Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Haywain, The Tempatation of St Anthony and others.
• The patrons of Hieronymus Bosch during his lifetime, and the collection of the artist’s work King Philip II of Spain.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Describe at least one way in which contemporary intellectual ideas and contemporary religious ideas might have impacted the work of Hieronymus Bosch.
• List three key works of art by Hieronymus Bosch and participate in discussions about them
• Identify at least two patrons of Hieronymus Bosch.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to all. No prior knowledge is required other than a general interest in art and design

You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, hand-outs and health and safety information and will be invited to take part in group discussion. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with short lectures, slides, and group discussions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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This course has now finished

Course Code: VB478

Finished Sun, day, 19 Feb - 19 Feb '17

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £55.00
Concession: £42.00
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