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SAN ANGELO – Hieronymus Bosch was a master painter whose artwork, titled "The Garden of Earthly Delights", was considered “beautiful yet disturbing, comical and grotesque, nonsensical and satirical at the same time,” stated Dr. Laurinda Dixion.

Last Thursday evening, November 30, Dr. Dixon, was invited by Laura Huckaby, San Angelo Museum of Fine Art’s Assistant Director/ Collections Manager, to be its’ guest lecturer as she spoke to a small contingent of art lovers, ASU students and community attendees.

“On the surface it just looks like a bunch of details, weird and incongruent, meaning not in agreement, and dreamlike,” said Dr. Dixion. “But what you have to do with this painting and much older ones is to delve into what’s behind it all.” 

Dixon stated while she was referring to Bosch’s artwork, it (artwork) always has a lesson to teach to us about the world and about ourselves."

Dixon, in an interview with Conexión stated that another contemporary painter, Julia Heffernan’s artwork, titled “Camp Bedlam” she also considered “beautiful yet disturbing  . . .” 

The Garden of Earthly Delights is the modern title given to a triptych painted by the Early Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch, housed in the Museo del Prado in Madrid since 1939. It dates from between 1490 and 1510, when Bosch was between 40 and 60 years old.

The painting which measures 220 cm × 389 cm (87 in × 153 in) consists of three panels. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Garden_of_Earthly_Delights

Huckaby invited Dr. Dixon to be its’ guest lecturer primarily because Dixon, a Professor Emerita from Syracuse University, is considered an internationally-recognized expert on the art of Bosch.

“I knew that we were going to have these two exhibits by contemporary artists—the Glass art by Kathline Elliott and paintings by Heffernan, which was in the same tradition as the Netherland painter, Hieronymus Bosch in the early Renaissance,” said Huckaby. 

“These works of art are fascinating,” concluded Dixon.

The paintings of Heffernan and sculpture work of Elliott were on display through Sunday, December 3 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The exhibits opened on October 5.

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