Art as Knowledge: The Unspeakable Subject of Hieronymus Bosch



A fascinating talk by Joseph Leo Koerner, Victor S. Thomas Professor at the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University.
This talk, given on January 20, 2009 at the Institute for Advanced Study, discusses the work of Hieronymus Bosch, and his famous triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights in particular.  This is an original reading of an exceptional work, and the speaker meditates on the representation of relationship between desire, sin and the self as the unspeakable subject.  The talk (about 60 mins) is available here.
From the time of its original display through the present day, the subject of Hieronymus Bosch’s so-called “Garden of Delights” has eluded audiences. In a lecture devoted to what is arguably the most enigmatic work in the history of art, Joseph Leo Koerner, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, examines why Bosch’s subject was made deliberately unspeakable. The lecture is part of the Art as Knowledge series, which features talks by leading art historians on the subject of how art develops and conveys knowledge.  The respondent for the lecture was Christopher Heuer, Assistant Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University and one of the organizers of the Art as Knowledge series.

 

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