The Garden of Earthly Delights (1504) - Prado, Madrid
The Garden of Earthly Delights Important Facts:
- The Garden of Earthly Delights was painted by Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516).
- The painting is a triptych - a piece of artwork divided into three sections.
- The triptych is painted in oil.
- First documented in the House of Nassau in Brussels one year after the death of Bosch.
- Depicts 3 different Biblical scenes.
- The painting also has many influences of humanism.
- Everyone appears to be the same in the middle section.
- This feature is one of the fundamental aspects of the humanism movement.
- Humanism also reflects man's ability to choose it's nature & destiny.
- Bosch's painting appears to show the extremes of peoples nature on either side with the center representing the median of the two extremes.
- The painting can also be interpreted as showing the Earth in the middle painting, with heaven on the left and hell on the right.
- There also appears to be an emotional cline in the triptych from the childlike innocence on the left to the darkness of adulthood on the right.
- Left section:
- Scene from the Garden of Eden, when God presents Eve to Adam.
- Many species of animals are shown, there is a dragon tree, and an interesting fountain in the center of the section.
- Center section:
- Harder to explain because there is much more going on compared with the other sections.
- No clear order to this part of the painting.
- This section is a series of small motifs, however proportion is nonexistent.
- Right section:
- Appears to be Bosch’s view of Hell.
- There is darkness in the horizon to the burning buildings.
- There is a real contrast in this section to the happier, livelier first 2 sections.
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