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EXHIBITION ON SCREEN brings significant art exhibitions from galleries around the world to cinemas. Produced by award-winning director, Phil Grabsky, the 2016/17 season was filmed exclusively for cinema at the exhibitions and on location and presents four new titles: The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch opens nationally on 10 December, and will be followed by I, Claude Monet on 25 February, The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism on 25 March, and Michelangelo: Love and Death on 22 July. Andrew L. Urban steps into that curious world ...

The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch

The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch features the critically acclaimed exhibition ‘Visions of a Genius’ at the Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time to his home town of Den Bosch and attracted almost half a million art lovers from all over the world. It marked the 500th anniversary of his death.

This superbly produced, written and directed film justifies its title ‘Visions of a Genius’. Bosch, a spectacularly talented painter whose technique was matched by a glorious imagination, was the first surrealist – long before that description came into being.

The Garden of Earthly Delights – Bosch’s most spectacular and revered triptych - did not make it to the exhibition, so the camera mahomet came to the painting mountain, residing as it does at the Museo del Prado in Madrid. It completes an already extensive, expansive, exceptional piece of cinema.

This film, this series, makes it possible to sample some of the world’s greatest art – as the next best thing to being there, whether in time or place. What is more, the splendid interviews with art historians and critics, together with the well selected narration, provide a depth of experience that no museum guided tour could.

The film would satisfy those who are unable to make the pilgrimage to Bosch-town but are familiar with Bosch, and it would also prompt an appetite for his work in those who are new to this amazing man’s world. And it’s those insights about who he was, what kind of man, what sort of artist, that round out the film in such a satisfying way.

Published December 8, 2016

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