1111Hieronymus Bosch at the Doge's Apartment, Palazzo Ducale
The Doge's Palace Doge's apartment will host from next February 18 to June 4, the exhibition entitled "Hieronymus Bosch and Venice." An exhibition entirely dedicated to the fascinating and enigmatic Flemish painter, lived between 1450 and 1516 in the city of 's-Hertogenbosch.
On the occasion of the fifth centenary of his death, Hieronymus Bosch was remembered with two large monographic exhibitions, respectively, in the home town of 's-Hertogenbosch and in Madrid (Prado).
The focal point of the Venetian project are the three paintings by the artist, or rather, two triptychs and four tables, vertical format, which are still preserved in Venice (Gallerie dell'Accademia). These boards have been the subject of a recent restoration and conservation treatment, an intervention that not only returned a readability of the works themselves but which has brought to light a series of new clues that are crucial to cover and re-think of the many remaining issues outstanding: the origins, meaning, but also the impact of these works on Italian art.
In fact, Bosch and Venice is a key chapter in the iter still full of questions of the great Flemish painter, as will be explained, with new and unpublished data, in the exhibition and in the catalogue. Fundamental, in this perspective, is the testimony, precocious, of Marcantonio Michiel, who appoints three works of Bosch in the collection of Cardinal Domenico Grimani, with themes, however, that do not seem to be identical to those of the paintings currently preserved in Venice, calling works with monsters, fire and dreamlike visions. These are the features that were appreciated by the Venetians and collectors (Northern) Italian in general, as is documented by a series of paintings of close followers of Bosch still present in Venetian collections, and that will be presented in the exhibition.
In addition, it is presented with a context of Venetian collectors of works by Bosch "and around" the Venice of the early sixteenth century, with special attention to the figure of Domenico Grimani.