Hieronymus Bosch, “The Temptation of St. Anthony,” circa 1500-1510, oil on panel, 15 3/16 x 9 7/8 inches, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Only five works of art attributed to Hieronymus Bosch exist in the United States, which is why June 30 is a significant date for a particular renowned institution.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, will soon display a stunning painting of “The Temptation of St. Anthony” by Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch. Opening June 30, the public exhibition of the painting will be its first since 2003. Via the museum’s press materials, “The ‘Temptation of St. Anthony’ returns to the Nelson-Atkins after being lent in early 2016 to the Het Noordbrabants Museum in The Netherlands for the largest ever Bosch retrospective to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his death. The Bosch Research and Conservation Project authenticated the painting in 2015 after extensive testing, which was chronicled in a recent documentary by Pieter van Huystee about Bosch’s quincentennial exhibition in his hometown.

Albrecht Bouts, “Christ Crowned with Thorns,” circa 1490-1495, oil on panel, 11 7/16 x 11 3/8 inches

“‘The Temptation of St. Anthony’ will be shown alongside ‘Christ Crowned with Thorns,’ an autograph painting by Bosch’s contemporary Albrecht Bouts, which also makes its museum debut since its respective authentication. Both works will be presented in a special exhibition that will focus on the scholarly and scientific techniques used to determine the attribution of the paintings.”

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Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the Editor of Fine Art Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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