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Bosch, Hieronymus, Jeroen or Jérôme or Bos; real name: Hieronymus van Aeken, Aquen or Akenlocked

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Dutch School, 15th–16th century, male.

Born c. 1450 or 1460, in ‘s Hertogenbosch; died 1516, in ‘s Hertogenbosch.

Painter, engraver. Religious subjects.

This artist acquired his name, Bosch, from the Dutch name of his native town, ‘s-Hertogenbosch in Brabant. Little is known about his life. He may have been the son of Laurent Van Aeken who was, in 1464, documented as a burgher of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. More recent research, however, suggests that his father may have been a certain Antoine Van Aeken, a man of some wealth. Sometime before 1481, Hieronymus married Aleyt Van den Mervenne, who was also wealthy, but they had no children. Payments made to Bosch for paintings and drawings, listed in the account books of the ...

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