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The Prado is publishing Triptych of the Enchanted (a Boschian pantomime), a comic by Max that celebrates the artist’s 5th centenary at the Museum Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Museo del Prado is publishing its first comic to mark with the 5th centenary of Jheronimus Bosch. A book-length publication, it offers a combined narrative and visual approach to the work of this enigmatic artist.

Triptych of the Enchanted (a Boschian pantomime) is part of the programme of activities and events organised in conjunction with Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition, which has benefitted from the sole sponsorship of Fundación BBVA. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see more than 75% of this Netherlandish artist’s small surviving oeuvre of paintings and drawings. 

The Prado is publishing Triptych of the Enchanted (a Boschian pantomime), a comic by Max that celebrates the artist’s 5th centenary at the Museum

Comic cover Triptych of the Enchanted (a Boschian pantomime). Max. © MUSEO NACIONAL DEL PRADO

The Museo del Prado is today presenting a comic which offers a combined narrative and visual approach to the work of Jheronimus Bosch through a story-line that its creator Max, winner of the National Comic Prize in 2007, has woven around the paintings by the artist in the Museo del Prado.

From Extracting the Stone of Madness to The Garden of Earthly Delights Triptych and The Temptation of Saint Anthony, readers of the comic journey through the artist’s themes and motifs which are woven together through concepts such as torment, melancholy and self-absorption and through Bosch’s depiction of the infinite variety of the world and its ability to astonish and enchant us.

Deploying the reflexive humour characteristic of his cartoons, Max focuses his gaze on the characters in the paintings, giving them their own voice and bringing them to life in an unprecedented and highly unconventional approach to the mysteries of Bosch’s art.

Jheronimus Bosch’s work has survived for five centuries without losing anything of its ability to fascinate the viewer. It remains today one of the great enigmas of art history and has given rise to the widest range of interpretations, controversies and debates on its intentions and meaning. Until now, however, few visual artists have taken part in these debates. 

The publication of Triptych of the Enchanted (a Boschian pantomime) by Max is part of Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition project, for which the sole sponsor is Fundación BBVA. The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive and wide-ranging programme of related activities which has included the making of a documentary film.

Max (Francesc Capdevila)

Born Barcelona, 1956

A cartoonist and illustrator, Max has published around thirty comic-books since starting his career with El Víbora magazine in the 1980s. He has received a number of awards, including the National Comic Prize in 2007, the Grand Prix at the Salón del Cómic in Barcelona in 2000, and the Ignatz Prize (USA, 1999). Max founded and was co-editor of the avant-garde graphic magazine NSLM between 1995 and 2007. He now produces a weekly cartoon for Babelia, the cultural supplement of El País

Max’s work as an illustrator includes posters, record covers, newspaper and magazine illustrations, books and animation. In the latter field he was awarded the Best Children’s and Young People’s Illustrated Book prize in 1997, the Junceda Iberia Prize in 2004 and the Gráffica Prize in 2014, among others. A retrospective exhibition of his work entitled Panóptica toured Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Finland between 2011 and 2015. 

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Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition

This exhibition (31 May to 11 September), which has benefitted from the sole sponsorship of Fundación BBA, marks the 5th centenary of the death of Jheronmus Bosch. It will offer a unique and unrepeatable occasion to see an extremely comprehensive survey of the work of this artist, one of the most enigmatic and influential painters of the European Renaissance and a key figure within Philip II’s taste for collecting Early Flemish artists. 

Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition includes exceptional loans such as the great Saint Anthony Triptych from the Museo Nacional de Arte Antiga in Lisbon, which will be seen alongside other major works lent from leading institutions such as the Albertina and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Washington, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and the Polo Museale del Veneto in Venice. 

It is anticipated that this exhibition will attract considerable interest and high visitor numbers, for which reason it will remain open two hours later than normal from Fridays to Sundays. Pre-purchase of tickets is advised. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Museum’s website (www.museodelprado.es) or by phone (902 10 70 77), reserving a specific date and time-slot in both cases. 

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