What is the course about?
Relatively little is known of Hieronymus Bosch’s life or his training. In this weekend art history 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.
In 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.
This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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 Seven Deadly Sins 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?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to buy a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.