Vortrag von Reindert Falkenburg (Abu Dhabi), Fellow der Kolleg-Forschergruppe BildEvidenz. Geschichte und Ästhetik, am Kunsthistorischen Institut der Freien Universität Berlin.
This presentation offers a reconstruction of the historical viewership of Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. It discusses both the mode of viewing for which painting was created and the circle of its original viewers – a group of high nobles at the Burgundian court, ca. 1500. Speculation is at the heart of this reconstruction, not only because it is based on a combination of pictorial and circumstantial evidence, but also, and more importantly, because ‘speculation’ understood as a particular late-medieval mode of interpretation defines the response of the painting’s original viewers.