Jheronimus Bosch, Touched by the Devil

Jheronimus Bosch, Touched by the Devil
reż. Pieter van Huystee/Holandia, 2015/86 min

In 2016, the Noordbrabants Museum in the Dutch city of Den Bosch will be holding a special exhibition devoted to the work of Jheronimus Bosch, who died 500 years ago. This late-medieval artist lived his entire life in the city, causing uproar with his fantastical and utterly unique paintings in which hell and the devil always played a prominent role. In preparation for the exhibition, a team of Dutch art historians crisscrosses the globe to unravel the secrets of his art. They use special infrared cameras to examine the sketches beneath the paint, in the hope of discovering more about the artist’s intentions. They also attempt to establish which of the paintings can be attributed with certainty to Bosch himself, and which to his pupils or followers. The experts shuttle between Den Bosch, Madrid and Venice, cutting their way through the art world’s tangle of red tape, in a battle against the obstacle of countless egos and conflicting interests. Not every museum is prepared to allow access to their precious art works. And Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and Prado in Madrid have scheduled their own Jheronimus Bosch exhibitions to run simultaneously with the one in Den Bosch.

  • projection time:
    86 min
  • country/year:
    The Netherlands, 2015
  • director:
    Pieter van Huystee
  • pictures:
    Hans Fels, Gregor Meerman, Giovanni Andreotta, Erik van Empel, David de Jongh, Rogier Timmermans
  • production:
    Pieter van Huystee dla Pieter van Huystee Film
  • selected festivals and awards:
    2015 – IDFA Amsterdam

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