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Hieronymus Bosch Research & Conservation Project

The Bosch Research and Conservation Project (BRCP) examines the legacy of Hieronymus Bosch with advanced technologies. This project has been initiated with view of the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the artist's death in 2016 via a major exhibition in the Noordbrabants Museum. The purpose of the BRCP is to achieve greater understanding of Bosch’s oeuvre through an interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers, curators and conservators. The BRCP documents the paintings in-situ, in museums worldwide. Each time, the conservator, a restorer from SRAL, examines the layer buildup, the painting technique, the materials used and the condition of the painting. Through thorough research, including using a microscope, much new information is obtained from the five-hundred- year-old panels that have already been viewed and examined by many people. SRAL is, practically or as consultant, also involved in various Bosch conservation treatments. In the course of the project, notable BRCP findings were presented, and in March 2016 the results of the six-year research project were published in the two-volume monograph: Hieronymus Bosch, painter and draughtsman. Catalogue Raisonné (vol. 1) and Technical Studies (vol. 2).

The BRCP is an initiative of the Noordbrabants Museum and the Radboud University, Nijmegen; the final responsibility lies with the foundations JB500 and BRCP. The content of the research project is supervised by a scientific committee. A SRAL conservator is member of the BRCP-team and examines, restores and writes extensively for the project and is lead author of Technical Studies.

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