“Hieronymus Bosch”

421,700 visitors flock to the Noordbrabants’ Bosch exhibition

The exhibition “Hieronymus Bosch — Visions of genius”, held from 13 February to 8 May at the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the artist’s town of birth in the Netherlands, drew a total of 421,700 visitors, setting a new visitors record for the museum. The exhibition was announced as being the largest retrospective to be dedicated to the artist, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death. The exhibition offered a comprehensive study of the work of Hieronymus Bosch, in collaboration with the Bosch Research and Conservation Project (BRCP). The exhibition reunited 17 of the artist’s 24 known paintings to date, as well as 19 of the artist’s 20 drawings. The exhibition was no less than a planetary success as visitors came from all over the world (23 % of tickets were purchased overseas). European visitors represented a large share of the international public, with 7 % from Belgium, 6 % from Germany, 4 % from the United Kingdom, and 2 % from France. The museum is preparing to host a new exhibition, “Van Eyck, Brueghel, Jordaens — Masterpieces from Rumania”, from 18 June to 9 October 2016, with hopes for new...

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Why is the Prado keeping its Bosch works?

The Prado (Madrid) has decided to cancel its prospective loan of two paintings by Hieronymus Bosch (The Cure of Folly and The Temptation of St. Anthony) for a retrospective dedicated to the artist at the Noordbrabants Museum in his birth town, ’s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands — “Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of genius” closes may 8, 2016. This turnaround follows conclusions published by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project, directed by Jos Koldeweij and Matthijs Ilsink, co-curators of the exhibition to be held at the Noordbrabants Museum, who attribute these two paintings to the artist’s workshop or a disciple, and not the artist himself. The Prado contests the validity of this conclusion, denouncing it as being based on “extremely subjective stylistic aspects”, and accuses the Noordbrabants Museum of breaking with the conditions of the agreement regarding the loan. The exhibition bodes to be one of the most important ones to be devoted to the master of the Flemish Renaissance as it has gathered 17 of the artist’s 24 known works. The two museums committed to collaborating in the organisation of the exhibition in 2008 before this affair brought tension to their relationship. The Noorbrabandts Museum will nonetheless be hosting two other works loaned by the Prado, a copy of Bosch and the Haywain Triptych, announced as the exhibition’s major attraction, and featured on the cover of the exhibition...

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“Discovery” of a new Hieronymus Bosch painting

A new work by Bosch, The Temptation of St Anthony, has been authenticated. Discovered in Kansas City, it will enter the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. This painting joins the shortlist of works attributed to the artist, comprising around 25 works worldwide. Dated to around 1500-1510, the painting was initially attributed to the school of Bosch, known for its supernatural iconography representing heaven and hell or else purgatory. This attribution was based on studies carried out on preliminary sketches as well as a comparison of details and motifs with other paintings attributed to the artist beyond doubt. We owe this discovery to expert members from the Bosch Research and Conservation Project, whose mission is to study and catalogue the artist’s body of work on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death in 1516. The new piece goes to the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum that already has 40,000 to 50,000 works including a few masterpieces by Caravaggio, Gauguin and...

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