Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil

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Netherlands | 2015 | 89 Minutes | Pieter van Huystee

September 16 - 22, 2016

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Exclusive Presentation
Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch's vivid imagination spawned precise, grotesque, salacious and beguilingly diabolical visions that are more popular than ever. In preparation for a quincentennial exhibition in his home town of Den Bosch, a team of Dutch art historians crisscrosses the globe to unravel the secrets of his art.

This late-medieval artist lived his entire life in the city of Den Bosch, causing uproar with his fantastical and utterly unique paintings in which hell and the devil always played a prominent role. But art historians must travel the world to find his work today, with a plan to 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 their precious art works.

  • Director: Pieter van Huystee
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 89 Minutes
  • Language: English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian