Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
‘Haywain‘ by Jeroen Bosch for the first time to the Netherlands
The Haywain, one of the masterpieces of Dutch painter Hieronymus (Jeroen) Bosch, is coming to the Netherlands. For the first time in 450 years, the triptych is leaving Spain, where it usually hangs in the Prado museum in Madrid.
The painting will remain in the Netherlands for half a year and will this autumn be part of the exhibition From Bosch to Bruegel – Uncovering everyday life in the Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam.
500th anniversary of his death
In early January the masterpiece will move to Den Bosch, the birthplace of the painter. There will be until the beginning of May in the North Brabant Museum an exhibition with 20 paintings and 19 drawings by the artist expected, the largest retrospective to date.
The exhibition is the culmination of the National Event Hieronymus Bosch 500 years which will be celebrated in 2016 and will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of the painter.
Jeroen Bosch was actually called Hieronymus van Aken. Bosch he used as his artist’s name after the town where he was born and where he painted his masterpieces.
Around 1516 he painted the Haywain, one of the first paintings in art history in which everyday scenes are depicted.
The painting depicted a procession of people behind a hay wagon, a metaphor for materialism. The procession leads directly to hell.
In the foreground medieval scenes are depicted with drunken monks, tooth pullers, musicians and gypsies.
On the hay wagon sits a couple in love with on each side an angel and a devil.
The Spanish King Philip II bought the triptych in 1570 for his private collection and since then it has never left Spain. According to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen the work of art is in an excellent condition after it was restored some years ago.