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You must have seen “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” The original in the Prado, a print perhaps, sure one of the many homages and references in pop culture such as The Simpsons episode Bart Gets Hit by a Car.
Hieronymous Bosch lived in ’s-Hertogenbosch, dying 500 years ago. The local Noordbrabants Museum has opened a superlative show, Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius, running through May 8, 2016. The Bosch 500 website has details on the show and companion events and activities such as the Bosch Grand Tour. The town is a 1.5-hour train ride from Amsterdam.
The FT sets the context in Hieronymus Bosch: one hell of a hometown exhibition, noting it “assembles from loans across Europe and America two-thirds of his 25 extant paintings, and 19 of his 20 works on paper.”
The Garden of Earthly Delights remains at The Prado, as do 2 of 4 other works planned to loan, after a scuffle between the museums. The Prado will run its own Bosch Exhibition May 31-November 9, 2016.
I am not a natural art connoisseur. I have read several works of art history and visited many museums, seeking to build my cultural appreciation. The Europe-bound traveler can start with Rick Steves’ Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler.
Bosch, however, has fascinated me since my older brother chose Bosch’s work to adorn his bedroom wall. I don’t have Europe on my travel plans through May, though I am tempted to add it!