“Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil”

Oct. 22 and 24

I deeply envy anyone who was able to see the historic survey of late 15th century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch in his hometown of 's-Hertogenbosch, held in honor of the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. Curators gathered 20 of Bosch’s 25 surviving panels (not including his most famous work, the lavish ‘Garden of Earthly Delights,’  seen above, which remained in its home at the Prado in Spain), offering the most comprehensive look into this brilliant fucking weirdo’s mind to date. Thankfully, The Charles is keeping up its roll of great art documentaries (“Eva Hesse” was the best film I saw last summer) with a screening of a doc on the making of the exhibition and origins of Bosch’s bizarre dystopias, so anyone who is unable to afford a transatlantic flight but can afford a movie ticket can get an up-close look at all the freaky torture scenes, demons, orgies, and butt music that still haunt us five centuries later. And, whether or not you can make it to the screening, be sure to check out the interactive documentary on the ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ at tuinderlusten-jheronimusbosch.ntr.nl/en. Oct. 22 at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.; The Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464, thecharles.com, $7.50-$9.50. (Maura Callahan)

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