Jheronimus Bosch, The River to Hell (detail). Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice. Photo: BRCP
Jheronimus Bosch, The River to Hell (detalj). Ekpanel, 89 x 40 cm. Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice. Foto: BRCP

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Also 500 years after the painter’s death in 1516, Jheronimus Bosch remains among the most popular and famous artists of all times. The phantasmagoric figures that populate his nightmarish visions of sin and hell continue to fascinate specialists and general audiences alike. This is well illustrated by the fact that the two exhibitions of his drawings and paintings that were organized in 2016 attracted more than a million visitors overall to the Noordbrabants Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the Museo dell’ Prado in Madrid. Despite this fame and popularity, his oeuvre remains highly enigmatic, and many questions about iconography, attribution and chronology are topics of frequent–and spirited–debate. Since 2010, the Bosch Research and Conservation Project has been examining and documenting the oeuvre of Jheronimus Bosch.

In this lecture, Professor Ron Spronk, a member of the BRCP, will demonstrate how findings from methods of examination such as dendrochronology, infrared reflectography, and X-radiography can provide important new data for this discourse.

Professor Ron Spronk

Professor Ron Spronk teaches Netherlandish Painting and Technical Art History at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada since 2007, and, as the Jheronimus Bosch Special Chair, at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands since 2010. Between 1994 and 2007 he worked at the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, MA. From 2010 to 2012, he coordinated the (pre-restoration) technical documentation campaign of the Ghent Altarpiece, for which he continues to coordinate the web application Closer to Van Eyck. Among his many publications are three award-winning books, all co-authored. In 2002, Mondrian: The Transatlantic Paintings (with Harry Cooper) was awarded the CAA/Heritage Preservation Award. Prayers and Portraits, Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych (with John Hand and Catherine Metzger) received the 2007 Wittenborn Memorial Book Award of the Art Libraries Society of North America. The BRCP received the 2017 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award (Grand Prix, Research). In 2018-19, he co-curated the exhibition Bruegel for the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, with Elke Oberthaler, Sabine Pénot, Manfred Sellink and Alice Hoppe-Harnoncourt, with whom he also co-authored the exhibition catalogue.