We may have come to know a great deal about Bosch’s imagination and his imagery, but we know precious little about the man. It is thought that he was born in about 1450, and, although we know that he was buried on 9 August 1516, we do not know the date of his death.
Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg, Panorama of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (1572), in Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Band 1, 1572 (Ausgabe Beschreibung vnd Contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt, Köln 1582), Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, Germany. Wikimedia Commons.
He spent much of his life in the small North Brabant city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, known today more commonly as Den Bosch. Over the period of his life, the city was flourishing, although when he was still a boy, in June 1463, about 4,000 of its houses were destroyed in a catastrophic fire, an event which surely lived vividly in his memory.
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