Spain honors painter Hieronymous Bosch on coins

Garden of Earthly Delights on Treasures of Spanish Museums coins
By , Coin World
Published : 12/23/16
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Dutch artist Hieronymous Bosch is the latest subject of commemorative coins from Spain to celebrate artwork in Spanish museums.

To mark the 500th anniversary of his death, the Royal Spanish Mint is issuing its first square color coin. The square coin is component of a set of three quadrangular silver coins with scenes from Bosch’s most famous work, The Garden of Earthly Delights

A gold €400 coin completes the Treasures of Spanish Museums IV program; it depicts parts of two other of Bosch’s works, The Haywain Tripytch and The Temptation of Saint Anthony.

All three masterpiece paintings are housed in the Prado Museum in Madrid.

Three Proof .999 fine silver coins, available only in the set, compose a triptych depicting The Garden of Earthly Delights.

The painting dates from between 1490 and 1510, when Bosch was between about 40 and 60 years old, and is his best-known and most ambitious surviving work.

The three scenes of the inner triptych, three panel series, are probably (but not necessarily) intended to be read chronologically from left to right.

The two outer panels are depicted on €25 coins measuring 60 millimeters tall and 30 millimeters wide, with the center coin twice as wide as the coins depicting the outside panels and denominated €50.

The left panel (and thus the left coin) depicts a scene from paradise, the Garden of Eden, as God presents Eve to Adam.

The central panel is a broad panorama of socially engaged nude figures, fantastical animals, oversized fruit and hybrid stone formations. 

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