Bosch and Bruegel: From Enemy Painting to Everyday Life by Joseph Leo KoernerBosch and Bruegel: From Enemy Painting to Everyday Life by Joseph Leo Koerner

Bosch and Bruegel: From Enemy Painting to Everyday Life

byJoseph Leo Koerner

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In this visually stunning and much anticipated book, acclaimed art historian Joseph Koerner casts the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel in a completely new light, revealing how the painting of everyday life was born from what seems its polar opposite: the depiction of an enemy hell-bent on destroying us.

Supreme virtuoso of the bizarre, diabolic, and outlandish, Bosch embodies the phantasmagorical force of painting, while Bruegel, through his true-to-life landscapes and frank depictions of peasants, is the artistic avatar of the familiar and ordinary. But despite their differences, the works of these two artists are closely intertwined. Bruegel began his career imitating Bosch's fantasies, and it was Bosch who launched almost the whole repertoire of later genre painting. But Bosch depicts everyday life in order to reveal it as an alluring trap set by a metaphysical enemy at war with God, whereas Bruegel shows this enemy to be nothing but a humanly fabricated mask. Attending closely to the visual cunning of these two towering masters, Koerner uncovers art history's unexplored underside: the image itself as an enemy.

An absorbing study of the dark paradoxes of human creativity,Bosch and Bruegelis also a timely account of how hatred can be converted into tolerance through the agency of art. It takes readers through all the major paintings, drawings, and prints of these two unforgettable artists-including Bosch's notoriously elusiveGarden of Earthly Delights, which forms the core of this historical tour de force. Elegantly written and abundantly illustrated, the book is based on Koerner's A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, a series given annually at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

About The Author

Joseph Leo Koerneris the Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Art and Architecture and Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. His previous books includeThe Moment of Self-Portraiture in German Renaissance Art,The Reformation of the Image, andCaspar David Friedrich and the Subject of Landscape.
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Title:Bosch and Bruegel: From Enemy Painting to Everyday LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 11 × 8 × 0.98 inPublished:December 6, 2016Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691172285

ISBN - 13:9780691172286

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Table of Contents

Preface viii

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction Parallel Worlds

Chapter 1 In the Art-Historical Museum 2

Chapter 2 Life Time 11

Chapter 3 World Time 45

Chapter 4 From Bosch to Bruegel 77

Part I Hieronymus Bosch

Chapter 5 Enmity 96

Chapter 6 Among the Idols 151

Chapter 7 The Unspeakable Subject 179

Chapter 8 Self-Portraiture 223

Part II Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Chapter 9 History 268

Chapter 10 Culture 305

Chapter 11 Nature 331

Notes 365

Index 401

Photography and Copyright Credits 411

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"The most brilliant example that I have encountered recently of truly innovative literary historical thought is a book about painting: Joseph Koerner's Bosch and Bruegel: From Enemy Painting to Everyday Life. . . . Koerner shows what it is like to burrow deeply into enigmatic works of art, to refuse to resolve painful ambiguities, to embrace brilliant description as a theoretical practice."--Stephen Greenblatt, Slovo a Smysl