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Bosch today & 500 years ago

August 17, 2016

Tags: Bosch

Oh for heaven's sake. I had been thinking for months that this August 9 marks the 500th anniversary of Bosch's death, & then I forgot it on that date. I'm reading a strange & wonderful book about him & The Garden of Earthly Delights, Terry Tempest Williams's Leap, & I find references to him constantly: The Public Domain Review posted a bunch of closeups of sections of the same painting this week, & even better, I found in a box in my office two monographs of his work, given to me by a long-deceased high-school boyfriend. It was startling and sweet to see his handwriting recommending a painter he thought I would appreciate. I'm not even sure I ever opened those books till now, although you would have thought... with all the pot & acid....

I want to go back to Madrid & move into the Bosco room at the Prado...