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NMSU professor to discuss the art of Heironymus Bosch in March programs


The Academy for Learning in Retirement’s (ALR) March 2022 series will discuss the life and artwork of Heironymus Bosch (1450-1516), one of the most prominent painters in the Dutch Renaissance, ALR said in a news release. The presenter will be Margaret Goehring, Ph.D., an associate professor in the New Mexico State University Department of Art.

Goehring earned a Ph.D. in art history from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 

In her lecture series, Goehring will explore Bosch’s use of images and the many theories that have been proposed to explain his imagery, including the influences of contemporary heresy, alchemical practice, popular devotional practices, orthodox belief, puns and proverbs, the cabala and more, according to the ALR news release. She will discuss seven years of intense research about Bosch conducted by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project and will assess what is widely regarded as one of the greatest masterpieces of the Renaissance, Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights.”

Goehring’s lectures will be at 10:30 a.m. on these dates:

Tuesday, March 15: “The Bizarre World of Hieronymus Bosch”

Thursday, March 17: “Will the Real Bosch Stand Up?”

Tuesday, March 22: “The Garden of Earthly Delights”

Thursday, March 24: “Muddying the Waters.”

The cost is $5 per lecture.

Register at dacc.nmsu.edu/ALR. ALR will e-mail a Zoom link to registrants the evening before each presentation. Audience members can log in after 10 a.m. 

Members who enroll for the full semester tuition option ($54) will also receive recorded broadcasts for the academy’s January and February presentations. 

ALR is a nonprofit started in 1992 by former NMSU President Gerald Thomas, along with retired deans Thomas Gale, Virginia Higbie, Flavia McCormick and others, including former professor and teacher Clarence Fielder. It is a volunteer-run organization whose purpose is to provide meaningful