Using archive sources for art historical research
Loes Scholten | Hieronymus Bosch and BoschDoc; using archive sources for art historical research | Radboud University, dep. of Art History | Promotor(es); supervisor(s): prof. dr. A.M. (Jos) Koldeweij; second supervisor dr. M. (Matthijs) Ilsink | 15 August 2017 – 01 May 2020 | l.scholten[at]let.ru.nl
Much research on the Late Medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch (ca. 1450-1516) and his works of art has been conducted, and the wildest hypothesizes about the man and his work have been written down. But what are the facts? The only texts about him that are completely free of suggestiveness are the administrative documents drawn up in his own time. I have compiled the database BoschDoc, cataloguing all known archive documents about Bosch, his family and work situation, about his works of art and about the early reception of these works.
As a PhD Student I have extended the archive research on Bosch, focusing on his network. How will his workshop have functioned? Who will he have worked with? Who were his patrons?
An important part of my research focuses on the accounts of the Brotherhood of Our Lady of ‘s-Hertogenbosch of which Bosch was a high-ranking member. During the time that Bosch’s fame as a painter began to increase, this brotherhood just moved into a new chapel. To what extent is Bosch’s work (or the work from his workshop) traceable in the chapel? What does this tracing say about Bosch status as a craftsman, artist and resident of ‘s-Hertogenbosch?
This project will result in a reconstruction of the said late fifteenth-century chapel, texts that answer the mentioned research questions and texts about the usage of archive sources for art historical research.