The Fantastic worlds peopled by devils that the early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch (d. 1516) created have often been “explained” as the work of a visionary, a heretic, or even an hallucinating madman. Yet, to his contemporaries, Bosch was a respected and gifted artist who received prestigious commissions and whose work inspired many: it was even avidly collected by that most Catholic of Kings, Philip II of Spain. This lecture will look at Bosch’s art within its historical and cultural context in order to gain a better understanding of this intriguing artist whose works will always be a puzzle and fascinate us.
THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER
Dr Sophie Oosterwijk
Born in Gouda (Netherlands). Has an MA and PhD in English Literature (Leiden), an MA in Medieval Studies (York) and a PhD in Art History (Leicester). Has taught at the universities of St Andrews, Leicester, Nottingham and Manchester, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, National Trust, V&A, U3A, WEA and other organisations, and organised many study days, tours and visits. Also a regular lecturer for Cambridge University and Martin Randall Travel, and Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews. Numerous publications.
Dr. Sophie Oosterwijk is a well established Arts Society lecturer with numerous publications. Born in Gouda (Netherlands), she has an MA and a PhD in English Literature (Leiden), an MA in Medieval Studies (York) and a PhD in Art History (Leicester). She previously taught at the universities of Leicester, Manchester and St Andrews and also held a research post at Utrecht University. She now works freelance for the University of Cambridge, The Royal Academy, Martin Randall Travel and other organisations, and she is also co-editor of the journal “Church Monuments” for The Church Monument Society.