Bosch's signature from the triptych Adoration of the Magi. Only a few of the surviving paintings by the master are signed.
This article lists paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, as well as paintings attributed to him or his school. For Bosch's drawings, see Hieronymus Bosch drawings. Since the precise chronology of Bosch's works is currently impossible to establish, paintings within sections are sorted alphabetically. The recent very thorough investigation by The Bosch Research and Conservation Project of a multitude of Bosch's paintings included dendrochronological research and made an approximate dating of the paintings possible. The findings of this investigation were published in a book in 2016. All dates given below are taken from this reference. The book describes the other findings of the investigation as well, such as painting technique, layer structure and pigment analyses. Illustrated pigment analyses of Bosch's paintings can also be found at ColourLex.
Bosch's works are generally organized into three periods of his life dealing with the early works (c. 1470–1485), the middle period (c.1485–1500), and the late period (c. 1500 until his death). According to Stefan Fischer, thirteen of Bosch's surviving paintings were completed in the late period, with seven surviving paintings attributed to his middle period. Bosch's early period is studied in terms of his workshop activity and possibly some of his drawings. There are no surviving paintings attributed to before 1485.
Examples of Bosch's work can be found in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, the UK, and the US.
Two versions of this triptych exist, one in El Escorial, the other in Museo del Prado. Both are most probably copies of a lost Bosch original. The outer panels form a single image, usually referred to as The Path of Life.
Outside panels of The Haywain Triptych"
Oil on wood
135 x 190 cm (Prado version)
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain (version 2)
The outer panels form a single image, usually referred to as The Path of Life aka The Pedlar.
Bosch's authorship is disputed; possibly a copy after a lost Bosch original. Another, wider version of the same painting is kept in Noordbrabants Museum, 's-Hertogenbosch (on loan from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), and yet another is in Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique in Brussels.
There was a dispute as to whether this work was a Bosch autograph or a piece by the workshop until the Bosch Research and Conservation Project concluded it to be autograph based on evidence present in the underdrawing.
^Luuk Hoogstede, Ron Spronk, Robert G. Erdmann, Rik Klein Gotink, Matthijs Ilsink, Jos Koldeweij, Hanneke Nap, and Daan Veldhuizen, Hieronymus Bosch, Painter and Draughtsman – Technical Studies, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2016.
Matthijs Ilsink, Jos Koldeweij, Ron Spronk, Luuk Hoogstede, Robert G. Erdmann, Rik Klein Gotink, Hanneke Nap, and Daan Veldhuizen. Hieronymus Bosch: Painter and Draughtsman – Catalogue raisonné, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2016.
Luuk Hoogstede, Ron Spronk, Robert G. Erdmann, Rik Klein Gotink, Matthijs Ilsink, Jos Koldeweij, Hanneke Nap, and Daan Veldhuizen, Hieronymus Bosch, Painter and Draughtsman – Technical Studies, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2016.