Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights" shows a world waking up to the future

By Jonathan Jones
A detail from the central panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights. Photograph: Museo del Prado
The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch is a triptych that can be folded open. When closed, it shows a monochrome painting of the creation of the world, with God looking down on a flat landscape sealed inside a giant bubble. The most hypnotic and perplexing scene, however, is the huge central panel, which depicts a dreamlike landscape of carnal bliss where people cavort naked, consume giant strawberries, explore pink flesh palaces and ride barebacked on fantastic creatures. A book of the Prado’s own Bosch quincentenary published this month by Thames and Hudson. [link]
The full triptych of "The Garden of Earthly Delights" (149-1500) by Hieronymus Bosch. Collection of the Museo del Prado