In a coup for the Noordbrabants Museum, the Prado has agreed to allow Bosch's "The Haywain" triptych to leave Spain for the first time in 450 years.
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DEN BOSCH, Netherlands: Monsters gorging on lost souls, demons torturing sinners contorted in pain, grinning skeletons awaiting the dying: The nightmarish visions of Hieronymus Bosch have both inspired and terrified for centuries.In a remarkable coup, the Prado has agreed to allow Bosch's "The Haywain" to leave Spain for the first time in 450 years.Jheronimus van Aken was born in the central Dutch town around 1450 to a family of painters. His father and grandfather were both artists, and Bosch and his two brothers joined the family workshop, which still stands today as a souvenir shop in the town's marketplace.The white-fronted, three-story house where Bosch later lived with his wife also overlooks the square, and today houses a shoe shop.Bosch died in August 1516 and is buried in the town's St. John's Church, whose demonical gargoyles are thought to have provided material for his paintings.It will join the 20 paintings and 18 other drawings among about 100 works on display for the February 13 to May 8 "Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of Genius" exhibition.What would Bosch make of some of the gruesome events taking place around the world today?
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