Stefan Fischer studied art history, history, and classical archaeology in Munster, Amsterdam, and Bonn. In 2009 he completed his doctoral thesis "Hieronymus Bosch: Malerei als Vision, Lehrbild und Kunstwerk." His specialist fields are Netherlandish painting of the 15th to the 17th centuries and museology.
"TASCHEN's new book on Bosch is surely the most lavishly produced
monograph ever published on the artist. Weighing almost ten pounds,
its three hundred pages include superb colour reproductions of
Bosch's paintings and drawings, supplemented by numerous enlarged
details that allow us to examine the details of Bosch's fantastic
imagery with a clarity seldom possible, even when we confront them
in a museum gallery."
"A measured, scholarly and referenced account of the artist, his period and his workshop practices... An artwork in itself."
"A book and a half. I admit from the outset that the book I am going to tell you about falls outside the scope of my normal recommendations, on account both of its format and its weight (4.1 kg on my long-suffering bathroom scales). It is hardly an obvious choice of reading material for the beach at the height of summer. But the fact remains that Hieronymus Bosch. Complete Works by Stefan Fischer, the extraordinary volume from TASCHEN ("Who else?" as George Clooney would say if he were a fan of art books), represents an excellent commemoration of the fifth centenary of the death of Jheronimus van Aken... A book to cherish (although not on the beach)."
"... the most comprehensive study to date... This book offers an unprecedented insight into how the work of this erudite artist has been viewed under Catholic dogma."
"Our absolute favourite... a magnificent book... The book is as impressive for its size as for the quality of its reproductions, whose goal is to permit the reader finally to grasp the most beautiful triptychs in their totality... Here truly the magic and precision of the artist are revealed, along with his entire symbolology."
"This contemporary of Johannes Gutenberg and Christopher Columbus was, with brush in hand, already as modern and as monstrously playful as the Swiss science-fiction surrealist H.R. Giger 500 years later. He was as sensually sinful as the gallant Helmut Newton and as imaginative as Spain's ingenious top eccentric Salvador Dali. Here for the first time all his paintings are published in one book."