Hieronymus Bosch - The Garden of Earthly Delights


'The Garden of Earthly Delights is the modern title[1] given to atriptych painted by the Early Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch. It has been housed in the Museo del Prado in Madridsince 1939. Dating from between 1490 and 1510, when Bosch was between about 40 and 60 years old,[2] it is his best-known[3]and most ambitious complete work.[4]

The triptych is painted in oil on oak and is formed from a square middle panel flanked by two other oak rectangular wings that close over the center as shutters. The outer wings, when folded, show a grisaille painting of the earth during the biblical narrative of Creation.

Art historians and critics frequently interpret the painting as a didactic warning on the perils of life's temptations.[5] However, the intricacy of its symbolism, particularly that of the central panel, has led to a wide range of scholarly interpretations over the centuries.[6] Twentieth-century art historians are divided as to whether the triptych's central panel is a moral warning or a panorama of paradise lost. American writer Peter S. Beagle describes it as an "erotic derangement that turns us all into voyeurs, a place filled with the intoxicating air of perfect liberty".[7]WIKI

Our group has decided to link Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights to our project, as we believe that Hogarth's 'diptych' and Bosch's triptych have something in common. The warning of of life's temptations. Though this is debated for Bosch's piece.

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