The First Fantasy Artist

Garden of Earthly Delights - Right PanelIt is said that Hieronymous Bosch (1450 – 1516) was the first Fantasy Artist. While many artists dabbled in what we would term Fantasy Art whenever they created a work tied to myths (Greek or Roman), Bosch was the only artist prior to the 1900’s that produced truly Fantastic landscapes and creatures.

In his paintings, Bosch portrayed evil and evoked fear through the images of demons and strange human beings half animals. His paintings were extremely original and imaginative, especially when taking into account the time they were painted.

His paintings have had different interpretations through history. Some considered them amusing; others interpreted his paintings, full of monsters and fantasy, as a reflection of the artists’ dreams and nightmares. It is now commonly accepted that his paintings reflect specific moral and spiritual truths of its time.

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