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Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil (2015)

Jheronimus Bosch, Touched by the Devil (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 7 January 2016 (Netherlands)
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In 2016, the Noordbrabants Museum in the Dutch city of Den Bosch held a special exhibition devoted to the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who died 500 years ago. This late-medieval artist lived ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthijs Ilsink Matthijs Ilsink ... Self - Art Historian
Peter Klein Peter Klein ... Self - Word Expert
Jos Koldeweij Jos Koldeweij ... Self - Art Historian
Ron Spronk Ron Spronk ... Self - Technical Art Historian
Luuk Hoogstede Luuk Hoogstede ... Self - Conservator
Rik Klein Gotink Rik Klein Gotink ... Self - Photographer
Pilar Silva Maroto Pilar Silva Maroto ... Self - Curator, Museo Nacional del Prado
Gabriele Finaldi Gabriele Finaldi ... Self - Department Director, Museo Nacional del Prado
Robert G. Erdmann Robert G. Erdmann ... Self - Computer Scientist
Matteo Ceriana Matteo Ceriana ... Self - Curator, Gallerie Dell'Accademia
Jet Bussemaker Jet Bussemaker ... Self - Dutch Minister of Education, Culture, and Science
Charles de Mooij Charles de Mooij ... Self - Director, Het Noordbrabants Museum
John Hand John Hand ... Self - Director of National Gallery of Art
Catherine Metzger Catherine Metzger ... Self - Conservator, Death and the Miser
Holm Bevers Holm Bevers ... Self - Curator


In 2016, the Noordbrabants Museum in the Dutch city of Den Bosch held a special exhibition devoted to the work of Hieronymus 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 ...

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Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516) was born Jheronimus (or Jeroen or Joen) Anthonissen van Aken. The first names are Latin and various Middle Dutch forms of "Jerome," and the last two mean "from Aachen," now part of Germany. He signed his paintings Jheronimus Bosch to indicate his birthplace, and the town where he lived all his life, 's-Hertogenbosh, commonly known as Den Bosch, or "the forest." See more »


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Edited into Hieronymus Bosch - Vom Teufel berührt (2016) See more »

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A mediocre effort
19 September 2016 | by michizhou87See all my reviews

"Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil" attempts to showcase the world of art curation, preservation, and history through the work of a team of Dutch Bosch experts.

The documentary feels disjointed due to editing and narrative choices. It'll jump from shot to shot and scene to scene without a sense of direction and focus. Several narrative topics are touched upon, but none in any fulfilling way. As well, there is no strong protagonist or person we can identify with as an audience. The people who are put forth are tightlipped and unsympathetic. The conclusion of the film warrants a reaction of, "That's it? So, what was the focal point?"

What this documentary reveals is that even for as interesting a figure as Bosch, with the wrong director and direction, a film about this master painter can become fairly mundane.

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