Boschmania Part One

So I made it!  All the way to ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands for the sole purpose of seeing the Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius exhibition.

http://www.holland.com/global/tourism/article/den-bosch.htm

Although I have travelled abroad quite a bit in the past year, it was usually for another reason and I sought out exhibitions to go to, however, when I saw this in January, it was one that stuck out as a ‘must see’ at all costs.

Arrived in some comfort on the train from Amsterdam – on time, with free wi-fi and freiendly staff wondering up and down with sweeties to sell and cleaning up the mess – take note train services in the UK!!

The town has definitely gone ‘Bosch mad’ with banners everywhere and little statues straight out of Bosch’s imagination…even the cheeky ones.  Just a few weeks before, one of the 400 year old building, next to the house where Bosch once worked, collapsed:

http://www.nltimes.nl/2016/02/28/building-collapses-in-den-bosch-center-injuries-unknown/

My time slot at the exhibition was not until 6pm, so I had plenty of time to walk around and visit a few places.  The first stop was the Hieronymus Bosch Art Centre which is housed in a former church and was this a surprise.  All of the copies were available to view and there was a lovely little catalogue to go with it.  The most surprising aspect was seeing all of the figures from the paintings – not what you might expect but with the beautiful architecure and stained glass windows in the background, the whole place was like a work of art.

After the art centre, it was time for a little canal cruise where, again, different figures were on show and then it was time for the man himself!

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