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From Bosch to Bruegel - the birth of genre painting

from October 10 2015 until January 17 2016

Jheronimus Bosch, The Pedlar, c. 1490-1505

With a representative selection of paintings and prints, ‘From Bosch to Bruegel’ offers an overview of genre painting in the period 1500-1570. Around 1500 Hieronymus Bosch brought about a radical innovation in panel painting.

Alongside religious subjects and portraits, he introduced satirical depictions of misers, swindlers, drunkards, bankers, farmers and madmen. Perhaps the most famous example is Bosch’s ‘The Pedlar’, an everyday story of a traveller. In addition to this masterpiece, the museum will show forty paintings from the pioneers of genre painting: Bosch, Lucas van Leyden and Quinten Massys and later masters such as Pieter Aertsen en Pieter Bruegel, supplemented by a broad range of sixteenth-century prints.