The Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum and Albertina are among the museums that have lent works to enrich the Prado's beautiful collection of this Dutch master. Among the works presented is the cult The Triptych of the Temptations of Saint Anthony from the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga of Lisbon, a canvas populated by misshapen and hybrid monsters and originally painted to denounce heretics and alchemists. The fantastic realm depicted by Bosch arose after Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and was nourished by rich colours and precision of line. The style vanished after a period early in the 16th century and did not reappear until the birth of surrealism. We never tire of this universe of vilified sins in which desires and temptations mix under the brush… like the long hair of sinners caught by the leering winds.
Bosch: The 5th Centenary Exhibition
Paseo del Prado
From 31 May to 11 September 2016
From Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.