Spring exhibition presents prints inspired by Bosch

By | January 29, 2015
Big Fish Eat the Little Fish

Pieter van der Heyden, Flemish, c.1530–1572, after Pieter Bruegel the elder, Flemish, c.1525–1569, published by Hieronymus Cock, Flemish, c.1510–1570; Big Fish Eat the Little Fish, 1557; engraving; 2014.327.

This spring, the Saint Louis Art Museum presents an exhibition that explores arguably the most powerful engine that fomented the afterlife of Hieronymus Bosch—his transmission through the growing and highly sophisticated market for European prints. Beyond Bosch: The Afterlife of a Renaissance Master in Print opens April 17.

Bosch (c. 1450−1516) captured the imaginations of his Renaissance patrons with paintings of hellfire and hybrid monsters, and his reputation has only grown since. While printmaking flourished in his lifetime, only a small handful of engravings have any potential connection with Bosch himself. The Boschian print phenomenon exploded after the artist’s death in the mid-16th century.

The exhibition highlights these later prints, which are images inspired by Bosch rather than reproductions of his paintings.

Marisa Bass and Elizabeth Wyckoff

Marisa Bass and Elizabeth Wyckoff

Beyond Bosch is co-curated by Marisa Bass, assistant professor of art history and archaeology at Washington University in Saint Louis, and Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The exhibition will be accompanied by a scholarly catalogue with contributions by Bass and Wyckoff, as well as Matthijs Ilsink of the Bosch Research and Conservation Project and Peter Fuhring of the Fondation Custodia in Paris.