Art as Knowledge: The Unspeakable Subject of Hieronymus Bosch

The Unspeakable Subject of Hieronymus Bosch - Joseph Leo Koerner

Joseph Leo Koerner
Victor S. Thomas Professor, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
January 20, 2009

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.