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Bosch : C. 1450 1516 Between Heaven and Hell (Basic Series : Art) Paperback – September 15, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Basic Series Art
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; revised edition (September 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822858560
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822858561
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James on January 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
The reproductions in this book are abysmal. There's basically no blue left in the images, resulting in a very warm, earthy look to all the photos. In isolation, it looks okay, but next to the original paintings, or a book with good reproductions (like Hans Belting's Garden of Earthly Delights), they look limp, lifeless, and muddy.

If you can find this for $1.99, as I did, this is a worthwhile pocket reference if you don't feel like dragging out a big hardback...but it's absolutely not worth buying at retail price or anything close to it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lost John on November 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Biographical information about the 15th Century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch is sparse. However, the relative silence of the records at least has the virtue of encouraging us to concentrate on his art. Most striking and most famous are Bosch's depictions of hell; demonic monsters inflicting all manner of tortures and torments on those consigned there by the doctrines of the mediaeval church. Besides conjuring up the demons, Bosch invents some interesting machines to assist them in their work. The basic vision of Hell and its torments may be influenced by Dante and other mediaeval writers, but so far as we know the artistic vision was wholly original.

Although in tune with the prevailing doctrine of the church, it may be that Bosch's graphic detail proved too much for the potential clientele of his day, for the paintings by which we know him best were relatively few. They were from what is believed to have been his middle period, though none of his work is dated. Before and afterwards he worked on more conventional subjects such as the Creation, Christ before Pilate, Christ's Passion, and depictions of well-loved saints. However, conventional as at first sight many of those paintings might be, still the devils creep in. Also pervasive is evidence of what we might take to be Bosch's own belief; that the numbers carried off to hell will be far greater than those raised to heaven.

Lest we might be at risk of missing the demon lurking in a picture of St John the Evangelist at Patmos, the malign significance of owls and toads seen in other biblical scenes, or the scandalously incongruous goings-on in the background of the Marriage Feast at Cana, Walter Bosing in his valuable contribution to the splendid Taschen art series is particularly helpful.
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By C R L on February 21, 2013
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So much information interestingly presented. A great carry-with-you reference. As good as much bigger, much more expensive volumes. Well balanced commentary regarding the artist and the "symbolism" in his fascinating art. For more detailed viewing reproductions stand-up to pocket magnifier enlargement. Highest recomendation.
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This book is exactly what the seller said it would be and it is in brand new condition. However, the reproductions by this publishers are a little off--the colors are either too bright or not bright at all. Not a high end product. You get what you pay for, and this was very inexpensive. :)
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18 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Demetrios Vakras on September 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Do not buy this version, buy the original: Hieronymus Bosch (World of Art)
The original book is written by Walter Gibson.
Taschen republished this book by Gibson, but used an anagram of his name to create a fictional "Bosing". The copyright to the text published by Taschen is held by Thames & Hudson. One wonders what it was that prevented Walter Gibson asserting his "moral rights".
It is great to see that this publication by the cynical opportunists, Taschen, is no longer in print!
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