The Garden of Earthly Delights (1504) Painting by Hieronymus Bosch

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.
The Garden of Earthly Delights Interpretation:
  • 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.
The Garden of Earthly Delights Each Panel Described:
  • 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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