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About Jheronimus Bosch

Jheronimus Bosch (ca. 1450-1516) was a late medieval painter who has enjoyed great fame with his paintings in which he portrayed hellish scenes with monsters and devils. Jheronimus Bosch, the name with which he signed some work, was actually called Jheronimus van Aken. His ancestors came from Aachen and established themselves as painters in Nijmegen. Bosch’s grandfather, Jan van Aken, migrated to ‘s-Hertogenbosch to paint and painting became a family tradition. Presumably several relatives worked in the Van Akens workshop. As the son of Anthonis van Aken Jheronimus also worked in this painter workshop and developed his genius way of portraying the religious struggle between good and evil. Through his marriage to the wealthy Aleid van Lake Venne and his membership of the Brotherhood of Our Lady as a sworn brother, Bosch increased his social status and became a part of the urban elite of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He lived in a large house on the towns market and his paintings were commissioned by prominent citizens and noblemen.

There is little known of Bosch’s life: there are no letters, no contemporary portraits and hardly any documents of which anything biographical can be deduced.

On August 9th, 1516, the funeral of Jheronimus Bosch took place in the chapel of the sworn brothers in Saint John’s cathedral. After his death, his depictions continue to be very popular well into the 17th century and hundreds of imitators would copy his work and even sign it with Jheronimus Bosch.










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