Jheronimus Bosch Art Center

Change of Signification in Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights

Cook 1984
Cook, Albert
Genre: Nonfiction, art history
Uitgave datum: 1984
Bron: Oud Holland, vol. 98 (1984), nr. 2, pp. 76-97

Cook 1984


“Change of Signification in Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights” (Albert Cook) 1984

[in: Oud Holland, vol. 98 (1984), nr. 2, pp. 76-97]


Just like Botticelli, Carpaccio and Giorgione, Bosch changed the principle of visual meaning in his own way around 1500. In his work the mimetic and emblematic traditions are mixed in order to create a new and powerful visual algebra which only recently we have begun to understand. The problem with Bosch is that the elements of his visual language are derived from widely divergent sources and these sources don’t fit in with each other very well.


This article is one of the nicest examples of pseudo-intellectual Bosch mumbo jumbo we have ever read.



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