the Hay Wain Triptych
& the Temptation of Anthony Triptych
Hieronymus Bosch, circa 1450 - 1516
When I came upon these images of the reconstruction of the Ship of Fools Triptych the other day I figured it was worth posting and that they would best be accompanied by my other favorite Bosch Triptychs, the Hay Wain and the Temptation. It seems to me that what so many commentators seem to forget when grooving on his hallucinatory imagery is just how fine a painter and draftsman this man was. The colors are so delicately and perfectly harmonized, the brushwork and drawing so elegant performed, and the compositions so carefully orchestrated that these visions take on the character of the natural.