Colloque – Defining boundaries: Jheronimus Bosch, his workshop, and his followers

Jheronimus Bosch Art Center, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

May 11-13, 2023

For more information, please send an e-mail to

Jheronimus Bosch remains an exceptionally popular painter and draughtsman. His death in 1516 was commemorated five years ago with major exhibitions in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and in Madrid, which together drew well over one million visitors, an astonishing success. The scholarly interest in the master from ‘s-Hertogenbosch typically focuses on the often-peculiar iconography of some of his works, which historians of art have tried to decipher since the late 19th century. Ever since, the literature on Bosch has grown exponentially. For the scholarly discourse of these paintings and drawings, whether focused on iconography, Bosch’s patrons, or his socioeconomic position in his hometown of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the precise definition of the boundaries of the oeuvre remains a critically important foundation.

The total number of works attributed to Bosch has changed significantly through time. As was the case for many other artists, in early scholarship this group of works was deemed considerably larger than it is now. The often translated and reprinted monographs on Bosch by Charles de Tolnay (1937), Ludwig von Baldass (1943), and Jacques Combe (1946) accepted many more works as “autograph Bosch” than we do today. The monograph by Roger Marijnissen (1987) was an important turning point in this regard, in that it generally took a more critical stand and called for systematic technical research to provide clearer boundaries between the works by Bosch, by his workshop, and by followers. In 2012, Fritz Koreny only accepted 10 paintings and 11 drawings as autograph. The Bosch Research and Conservation Project, in 2016, published the findings from its six-year study in a two-volume monograph. The BRCP considers 21 paintings and 20 drawings to be by Bosch. But, as this conference will show, the discussions about attributions have not ceased since, and the boundaries between the works by Bosch and by his workshop, or between works by the workshop and by his followers, are sometimes hard to draw. In 26 presentations, the speakers at this conference will share the most recent scholarly insights on many of these topics. 

Defining boundaries: Jheronimus Bosch, his workshop, and his followers will be the fifth international conference organized by the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center (JBAC), after Jheronimus Bosch Revealed: The Painter and His World (2001); Jheronimus Bosch: His Sources (2007); Jheronimus Bosch: His Patrons and His Public (2012) and Jheronimus Bosch: His Life and His Work (2016). The conferenceis supported by the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center, the City of ’s-Hertogenbosch, Huis van Bosch, and Radboud University Nijmegen. The members of the Conference Committee (Prof. Dr. Ron Spronk, chair, Prof. Dr. Jos Koldeweij, and Dr. Eric De Bruyn) received critical assistance from Drs. Willeke Cornelissen and Mr. J. Timmermans, Chair of the Board of the Jheronimus Bosch Foundation. 

The proceedings of Defining boundaries: Jheronimus Bosch, his workshop, and his followers will be published by the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center. If you would like to be kept informed about the availability of this publication, please send an email to

Programme : here

Informations pratiques :

The full conference fee is €300 (€ 150 for students). 

In addition to access to all presentations, the conference fee includes the reception at City Hall on May 11, catered lunches on May 12 and 13, hot beverages during the breaks, the conference dinner on May 12, farewell drinks on May 13, and an (optional) exclusive visit to the House of Bosch.

Participants can also opt to attend single days:
May 11 € 50 (including reception at City Hall, students € 25)
May 12 € 150 (including lunch and conference dinner, students €75)
May 13 € 150 (including lunch and farewell drink, students €75)

Please register via emailing  

LocationThe international knowledge and experience center Jheronimus Bosch Art Center is a unique tribute to the artist Jheronimus Bosch, who was born around 1450 and died in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 1516. Visitors can discover and explore the artist, his work and his life here.

Jheronimus Bosch Art Center
Jeroen Boschplein 2
5211 ML ’s-Hertogenbosch
(+31) (0)73 612 68 90

Source : Jheronimus Bosch Art Center

A propos RMBLF

Réseau des médiévistes belges de langue française
Cet article a été publié dans Conférences. Ajoutez ce permalien à vos favoris.