Hieronymus Bosch retrospective

Statue of Hieronymus Bosch in Den Bosch

Statue of Hieronymus Bosch in Den Bosch

One of our favorite places to take visitors is the charming Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, locally known as the much-easier-to-pronounce Den Bosch. This year is HUGE for Den Bosch, as it celebrates the virtual return of its native son, famed medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, who died 500 years ago. Though the city isn’t fortunate enough to own any of the artist’s paintings, this year it will present the largest retrospective of Bosch’s work ever, with all the pieces on loan from several leading museums. “Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of a Genius,” displaying 20 paintings and 19 drawings, runs from Feb. 13 to May 8 at Het Noordbrabants Museum. In addition, seven other museums in the province of North Brabant will present complementary shows. Timed tickets are already on sale, and the museum has expanded its opening hours.

Saint John’s Cathedral in Den Bosch

Saint John’s Cathedral in Den Bosch

But, wait, there’s more. In its elegant baroque center and along its small canal system, Den Bosch is pulling out all stops for visitors, with special events throughout the year, including nightly light shows on the market square, projected 3-D images of diabolical Bosch characters, themed tours of the canals, and rare climbs outside Saint John’s Cathedral, which is covered with fantastical gargoyles and sculptures. I hope to do one of those climbs myself, as soon as they’re available. Can’t wait!

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6 Responses to “Hieronymus Bosch retrospective”

  1. Michael Says:

    I’ve been to the Bosch vs Breugel exhibition in the Boijmans van Beuningen museum, both are awesome!

  2. Amy Walsh Says:

    Our visit with you to Den Bosch was indeed a highlight of our trip to the Netherlands. Sounds like a big year there! Good for them.

  3. Selina Kok Says:

    The Bosch exhibition opened today (Feb. 13, 2016) for the general public. It’s receiving lots of national and international publicity. See this raving review in the UK Guardian:
    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/feb/11/hieronymus-bosch-review-a-heavenly-host-of-delights-on-the-road-to-hell

  4. Larae Matalka Says:

    I tried to submit a comment previously, although it has not shown up. I believe your spam filter may possibly be broken?

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