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Directed by Pieter van Huystee

Netherlands 2015 80 mins. In Dutch, English

2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Hieronimus Bosch (1460 – 1516), one of the most celebrated painters of all times, known worldwide for his fantastic imagery of heaven and hell, at the same time filled with a sense of humanity. The film follows a team of Bosch experts for four years who traveled the world to examine all the known Bosch paintings. With high-res macro, x-ray, and infrared cameras, they examine the wooden panel paintings and for the first time see behind the varnish to unveil Bosch’s so far unseen creative process. At the same time, the film also chronicles the first vast investigation and search for lost Bosch paintings. 
Art historians search the mysteries of Bosch’s fantastic imagery of heaven and hell.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: On Art and Artists



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