Jheronimus Bosch

The Road to Heaven and Hell

A complete introduction to the imaginative work of Jheronimus Bosch

This book gives the clearest and most complete introduction available to the visionary art of Jheronimus Bosch, replete with gorgeous reproductions of all the paintings and drawings in Bosch’s core oeuvre. In his illuminating and always original text, Gary Schwartz provides concise interpretations of every work, including commentary on many of the most extraordinary details for which Bosch is acclaimed. With copious amounts of
new information and his own fresh insights, Schwartz paints a vi vid picture of the
artist’s life.
This singular book, published in the year of the 500th anniversary of Bosch’s death,
includes chapters on society, government and faith in mid-millennium Brabant.
Everything is arranged for optimal ease of use, in clear sections with navigational aids.
The brilliantly designed double-spreads make sure that each opening tells a complete
story. The clear language, accessible style and beautiful reproductions make Jheronimus
Bosch – The Road to Heaven and Hell essential for anyone interested in the life and art of
Jheronimous Bosch.


Gary Schwartz



26 x 33 cm


256 pages


ca. 400 color illustrations


hardback with jacket


€ 49,95






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from Jheronimus Bosch:
‘Bosch shows god blessing adam and eve, saying ‘‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…” in the Garden of Delights this has happened. The earth is filled with people being fruitful. Giant fruits and berries are all around them. They eat them, feed them to each other, wear them, play with them, and live inside them. They are also fruitful in making love to each other. But god meant for them to do that in marriage, and the people in the garden are making love only for pleasure. It is as if they are creating fruits and berries instead of children.’

Gary Schwartz is an art historian with an abiding interest in the cultural context of art and its reception. Most of his work is dedicated to Dutch painters of the seventeenth century, especially Rembrandt, but he also wrote a book on Jheronimus Bosch for young readers. Schwartz was born in New York in 1940. He studied art history at New York University and Johns Hopkins University before moving to the Netherlands, where he has lived since 1965, working as a scholar, publisher and writer.