“De bronnen voor het leven en het werk van Jeroen Bosch” (P. Gerlach O.F.M. Cap.) 1967
[in: Brabantia, XVI (1967), pp. 58-65/95-104]
[Reprinted in Gerlach 1988: 55-62]
[Also mentioned in Gibson 1983: 27 (B2)]
The Brabantine archivists (among them Ebeling and Mosmans) have made themselves very useful in the past but they are also partially responsible for many errors that can be found in a lot of publications by other authors. Mosmans in particular has never become a true expert, not as an archivist, nor as an art historian (see for example his arbitrary fixing of Bosch’s date of birth on 2nd October 1453).
Next Gerlach deals with the sources that can provide us with important data about the life of Bosch: the city accounts of ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Bosch’ Protocol, the so-called Van Os Manuscript, the chronicals of Molius and Copernicus and the accounts, the Obitus Fratrum and the so-called Wapenboek (Armorial) of the Fraternity of Our Lady.
Regarding the works of the painter he refers to a long series of archival and literary sources. The archival sources are made up of various accounts of official and private bodies and of catalogues and inventories of collections at home and abroad.