Sixteenth-century Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch has baffled the critics for years. Were his images of devils and fantastic animals merely for shock value, or were they satirizing corruption in the church? While the critics argued, the artists took note of the stark power of Bosch's paintings and moved to capitalize on the sensation. Beyond Bosch: The Afterlife of a Renaissance Master in Print
, the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, explores the work done in the wake of Bosch, particularly in the world of printmaking. Artists such as Pieter van der Heyden and Balthasar van den Bossche made prints inspired by Bosch's sense for the grotesque and the phantasmagorical, such as giant fish vomiting forth smaller fish and an old woman vomiting on a conjurer's table (it's not all vomit, though). Beyond Bosch
opens on Friday, April 17, in galleries 234 and 235.
Tue.-Fri. (Apr. 17-July 19). Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0076 or www.slam.org). Free admission..
Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: April 17. Continues through July 19, 2015