Painter Jhieronymus Bosch honoured on stamps

Schilder Jheronimus Bosch geëerd op postzegels

The Hague, 4 January 2016 – On 4 January, Mayor Rombouts of ‘s-Hertogenbosch was presented with the first ‘500 Years of Jhieronymus Bosch’ stamps by PostNL Marketing Director Ludo Voorn. PostNL developed the stamps with the Jhieronymus Bosch 500 Foundation to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of the painter.

“In the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the year 2016 will focus on Jhieronymus Bosch, because he has lived and worked there. I am therefore honoured to be receiving these special stamps honouring the city’s most famous resident. This issue highlights the significance of the artist Bosch, which we will be honouring from February onwards with the largest oeuvre exhibit at Het Noordbrabants Museum,” says Mayor Rombouts. 

Art history stamps 

Ludo Voorn on the stamps: “It is a delight for PostNL to be able to issue stamps of work from this period in Dutch art history. And for me personally as a Bosschenaar to be able to present these stamps. Each individual stamp tells a story but together, the stamp sheet forms a whole. The edge of each stamp features a brief explanation, written by Jos Koldeweij, Professor of Medieval Art History at Radboud University Nijmegen and an expert on Bosch’s work. Every letter sent with one of these stamps will tell a piece of the story of Jhieronymus Bosch’s work.” 

‘The Haywain Triptych’ painting as a foundation 

Designer Jeroen Hoedjes of Studio Kluif took The Haywain Triptych as the foundation for the stamp sheet. The design shows the painting’s diverse, wonderful characters, who are depicted as ‘heroes’ on the various stamps. “I selected exactly ten significant scenes from the painting, making it seem like ten separate little paintings,” says designer Jeroen Hoedjes. 


The ten stamps are marked ‘Nederland 1’, which is the denomination for items up to 20g in weight destined for mail within the Netherlands. The stamps will be sold in all Bruna stores as well as via Collect Club. The stamps have no expiration date.