Jheronimus Bosch’s artistic heritage consists of about 45 paintings and drawings spread across 2 continents, 10 countries, 18 cities, and 20 collections. In 2016 it will be 500 years since Bosch died, and to commemorate this, his hometown of ’s-Hertogenbosch will hold an exhibition of his works. Since 2010, the Bosch Research and Conservation Project (BRCP) has been studying and documenting these works, using modern, standardized methods. In a collaborative effort and with many participating museums, an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars and scientists has been scrutinizing his paintings and drawings minutely.
The BRCP is an object-driven research project, since the materiality of the artworks forms the core of this enterprise. We believe that the paintings and drawings Bosch left behind are the most important sources for any historical narrative about this artist. The full outcome of the BRCP’s research will be made accessible at the time of the exhibition in the Noordbrabants Museum.