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Hieronymus Bosch: "Visions Of Genius"
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Hieronymus Bosch: "Visions Of Genius"

Picture of Danielle Wood
Updated: 22 November 2016
To mark the 500th anniversary of Hieronymus Bosch’s death, a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition titled Visions of Genius was presented at The Noordbrabrants Museum in Den Bosch, Holland. We spoke with the Bosch Research and Conservation Project to learn more about what the team are planning for this extraordinary event.
Bosch Grand Tour | HNbM | Courtesy of Jheronimus Bosch 500
Bosch Grand Tour | HNbM | Courtesy of Jheronimus Bosch 500

“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).

Bosch Grand Tour | The Fish Pond Song | Courtesy of Jheronimus Bosch 500
Bosch Grand Tour | The Fish Pond Song | Courtesy of Jheronimus Bosch 500

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.

Bosch Grand Tour | Terugkeer van de olifant | Courtesy of Jheronimus Bosch 500
Bosch Grand Tour | Terugkeer van de olifant | Courtesy of Jheronimus Bosch 500

With the tireless efforts of the Bosch research team, Hieronymus Bosch was brought back to life.