fbpx Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil | Gene Siskel Film Center
Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil

2015, Pieter van Huystee, Netherlands, 86 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 7th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 7th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 8th 4:45pm
  • Sat, Oct 8th 8:15pm
  • Sun, Oct 9th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 10th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 11th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Oct 12th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 13th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

"An intriguing mélange of international politics, history, and otherworldly art." — Dale Eisinger, The Daily Beast

"Immerses the viewer immediately, as the camera zooms in on the cracks and fissures in the surface of the paint." — Lauren Palmer, Hyperallergic

Surreal before there was a word for it, devilishly carnal and alarmingly hellish, the mind-blowing paintings of Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch inspire controversy, defy interpretation, and foment an institutional tug-of-war in this documentary set on the eve of the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. Dutch experts set out to organize a commemorative retrospective in the artist’s hometown, but come up against the fact that the bulk of the work is held by foreign museums. Jealousy, territorialism, curatorial intrigues, and tricky art world maneuvers all play a part as expert faces off against expert, and shocking new revelations come to light when the fragile masterpieces undergo minute examination utilizing techniques including X-ray, infrared photography, and multispectrum analysis. In Dutch, English, Spanish, and Italian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

Play Trailer