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Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil (Jheronimus Bosch, Touched By The Devil) (2016)

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In 2016, the Noordbrabants Museum in the Dutch city of Den Bosch held a special exhibition devoted to the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who died 500 years ago. This late-medieval artist lived his entire life in the city, causing uproar with his fantastical and utterly unique paintings in which hell and the devil always played a prominent role. In preparation for the exhibition, a team of Dutch art historians crisscrosses the globe to unravel the secrets of his art. They 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.

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Mostly, this is an introduction into the less visceral, more deadly nightmare of bureaucratic wrangling between various museums, technical experts, and historians.

November 18, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

When this documentary sticks to Bosch's florid imagery... it's fascinating. But director Pieter van Huystee, needing a story arc, punctuates the scholarly material with dry bureaucratic sequences.

October 6, 2016 | Full Review…

The story of a determined quest is always enlivened by insights into the clawing animals, bizarre monsters and sinful humans that populate Bosch's fantastical visions.

August 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Van Huystee doesn't seem terribly interested in the art as art, and yet the power of the works comes through anyway, despite the film's plodding presentation.

August 5, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

For a movie about an artist so unique and provocative, writer-director Pieter van Huystee's documentary "Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil" proves a less-than-scintillating portrait.

August 4, 2016 | Full Review…

Like other recent art-world documentaries, much time is spent on inter-museum wrangling, and the personalities aren't vivid enough ... to build tension. The interest lies in the close look at the strange vision of this great artist.

July 28, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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