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TREASURES MUSEUMS (2016) BOSCH GOLD COINID92867035

TREASURES MUSEUMS (2016) BOSCH GOLD COIN

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In the series of coins of collection called "Treasures of the Spanish Museums" are reproduced emblematic pieces of the Museums of our country.

This issue is dedicated to Jheronimus van Aken, better known as Bosch, in the V Centenary of his death, representing the most emblematic works of the artist exhibited in the Prado Museum.

On the obverse is a detail of the work entitled "The hay wagon", made by Bosch around 1515.

On the reverse, a detail of the work entitled "The temptations of San Antonio Abad", made by the extraordinary flamenco artist in 1490, is reproduced.

Information about the Coin
Series TREASURES MUSEUMS IV (2016)  
Denomination 8 ESCUDOS  
Year 2016  
Quality Proof  
Diameter (mm) 38  
Face Value (Euro) 400
Alloy (‰) 999  
Metal Gold  
Weight (g) 27  
Maximum Mintage (units) 2,000  

"The hay wagon"

On the obverse is a detail of the work entitled "The hay wagon", made around 1515 by Hieronymus van Aeken Bosch, the Bosco, of which this year marks the V centenary of his death. The work is conserved in the National Museum of the Prado, in Madrid.

With this work, Bosch demonstrates that man, regardless of his social class or place of origin, is so possessed by the desire to enjoy and acquire material wealth that he will be deceived or seduced by the Devil. The lesson that the artist proposes is that we must move away from earthly goods and the pleasures of the senses to avoid eternal damnation.

In the central panel the artist shows the humanity dragged by sin, going after that hay cart with which the verse of Isaiah 40, 6 is illustrated: All flesh is hay and all glory like the flowers of the field, which alludes to the ephemeral and perishable of earthly things. At the same time a Flemish proverb is also recreated: The world is like a hay cart and everyone takes what they can.

On the reverse a detail of the work entitled "The temptations of San Antonio Abad", made around 1490 by Hieronymus van Aeken Bosch, the Bosco, is preserved in the Museo Nacional del Prado, in Madrid.

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