MADRID. The exhibition to mark the 500th anniversary of Bosch’s death, presented with the sole sponsorship of Fundacion BBVA and a final total of 589,692 visitors. During the course of this week the triptychs by Jheronimus Bosch (c.1450-1516) in the Prado will return to the permanent collection for display in a special gallery now entirely devoted to the artist. This space will create the principal axis for a new installation of 15th- and 16th-century Flemish and Hispano-Flemish painting, announced museodelprado.es.
The events to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death will culminate with the 6th Prado Chair, for which this year’s holder, Reindert Falkenburg, will focus on Bosch and his most important follower, Pieter Bruegel the Elder (ca.1525-1569).
Outstanding loans, such as the Saint Anthony Abbot Triptych from the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga in Lisbon, Christ carrying the Cross from Patrimonio Nacional, The Crowning with Thorns from the National Gallery, London, and the drawing of the Tree-Man from the Albertina in Vienna, were seen in the exhibition alongside works from the Prado’s own collection of Bosch, which is the largest and finest in the world and includes The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Haywain and The Adoration of the Magi triptychs. From this Friday these triptychs will be on display again as part of the permanent collection in Room 56A, which is now exclusively devoted to Bosch and has an installation that more clearly emphasises these works’ nature as triptychs by allowing both the fronts and backs of the lateral panels to be seen.
Bosch’s return to the galleries of the permanent collection will also be particularly interesting for young people taking part in the activity „Let’s meet in the Prado”, aimed at 13 to 17-year-olds.
Regulating visitor flow
In response to the enormous interest that it generated from the outset, the measures implemented by the Museum for Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition, including both timed entry slots for all tickets and longer opening hours, resulted in a balanced distribution of visitor numbers with very little difference between weekly numbers during the period that the exhibition was open.
Of the 589,692 visitors who saw Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition, more than 182,000 purchased their tickets from museodelprado.es, pre-selecting the date and time of their visit. Weekly visitor numbers averaged 34,688, with a daily average of 4,955.
Bosch and the new installation
The new installation of 15th- and 16th-century Flemish painting emphasises its principal exponents and Bosch is now the subject of a monographic gallery (Room 56A), with another (Room 55A) devoted to Joachim Patinir (c. 1480-1524) and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. This new installation also places more emphasis on the Museum’s magnificent but until now under-appreciated collection of Flemish painting from the second half of the 16th century, led by Anthonis Mor (c. 1517-1577) – Room 56.
These galleries are equipped with a modern LED lighting system recently installed in a new phase of the Museum’s overall project Lighting the Prado, sponsored by Fundacion Iberdrola.