“Bosch is the most important and most original medieval artist our country has ever produced. It is fantastic that, in the year 2016, the majority of his oeuvre can be seen in his home town of Den Bosch. A fabulous opportunity for a new generation to also get acquainted with this work, which is unique in every aspect,” explained museum Director Charles de Mooij.
Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516) is known for his paintings and drawings of monsters, diabolical figures, angels, and saints. His characteristic work, full of illusions and hallucinations, peculiar freaks and nightmares, represent the major themes of his time: temptation, sin and reckoning.
Visions of Genius was the largest retrospective of Bosch’s work, with 20 paintings (panels and triptychs) and 19 drawings. The unparalleled homage to the most important artist of the medieval period in Holland was a culmination of a six-year research project into the complete works of Bosch. For the first time in 450 years, Bosch’s masterpiece The Haywain (1515) was one of many highlights featured throughout the exhibition. Dozens of works on loan originated from prominent museums around the world: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Gallerie dell’Accademia/Palazzo Grimani (Venice) and the Metropolitan Museum (New York). The loan works include Cutting the Stone and The Temptation of St. Anthony (1500-01), the Ship of Fools (1490-1500) and Death and the Master (1485-90).
Seven major museums in Brabant will showcase a contemporary exhibition program entitled Bosch Grand Tour, which will coincide with Visions of Genius. Bosch Grand Tour will take visitors on a voyage of discovery through contemporary art, design, and culture in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Breda, Eindhoven and Tilburg. At ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre showed the complete works by Bosch in high-quality reproductions and provided a year-round program of lectures and exhibitions.
With the tireless efforts of the Bosch research team, Hieronymus Bosch was brought back to life.