16th-century fantasy, evil and human desire

The strange and disturbing works of Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch (c1450–1516) have been compiled for the first time in a new book.

A triptych by Netherlandish artist, Hieronymus Bosch, depicting religious scenery.

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The strange and disturbing works of Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch (c1450–1516) have been compiled for the first time in a new book.

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A Renaissance radical, Bosch turned his back on the realist preferences of contemporary painting, and instead created fantastical panel pictures characterised by grotesque creatures and bizarre visual symbolism. For some, his puzzling imagery was the vision of a dangerous sexual libertine.

Featuring brand new photography of recently restored paintings, Hieronymus Bosch: The Complete Works includes each known Bosch piece on an unprecedented scale. Copious details and a fold-out spread over one metre long allow readers to discover the intricacies of Bosch’s work.

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The book also includes commentary from art historian and Bosch expert, Stefan Fischer.

A painting by Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch, depicting the creation of the world.
Creation of the World up to the Third Day. (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid/TASCHEN)
A triptych by Netherlandish artist, Hieronymus Bosch, depicting religious scenery.
Left inner wing: Paradise and the Creation of Eve. Central panel: Humankind before the Flood. Right inner wing: Hell. (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid/TASCHEN)
A section of a painting by Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch, depicting life on earth before the Flood.
Central panel: Humankind before the Flood (detail). (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid/TASCHEN)
A section of a painting by Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch, depicting life on earth before the Flood.
Central panel: Humankind before the Flood (detail). (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid/TASCHEN)
A section of a painting by Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch, depicting life on earth before the Flood.
Central panel: Humankind before the Flood (detail). (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid/TASCHEN)
A section of a painting by Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch.
Right inner wing: St Anthony in Meditation (detail). (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lissabon/Photo Luísa Oliveira, Arquivo de Documentação Fotográfica – DGPC/TASCHEN)
A section of a painting by Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch.
Left inner wing: St Anthony Accused by Devils (detail). (Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lissabon/Photo Luísa Oliveira, Arquivo de Documentação Fotográfica – DGPC/TASCHEN)
A section of a painting by Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch.
Central panel: The Last Judgement (detail). (Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien/TASCHEN)
A painting by Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch.
A painting by Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch. (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid/TASCHEN)