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Hieronymus Bosch

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Gothic and Early Renaissance
 
 
 
Hieronymus Bosch
 
 
 
The Triumph of Sin
 
 
 
 



Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights (central panel - detail)
c. 1500
Museo del Prado, Madrid


Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights (central panel - detail)
c. 1500
Museo del Prado, Madrid


Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights (central panel - detail)
c. 1500
Museo del Prado, Madrid


Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights (central panel - detail)
c. 1500
Museo del Prado, Madrid



Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights.
Couple in a Bubble (central panel - detail)
c. 1500
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Of all Bosch's large triptychs, the centre panel of this painting is most packed with incident and with symbolism, both mainly sexual. Much of the symbolism is still not understood despite the intensive work of many scholars over the last nearly 500 years. What has been discovered is often of such arcane reference that to explain it requires many words. Nevertheless, every detail provides exciting and interesting speculation. Some of the symbols that have been noted elsewhere can be seen here: the owl of knowledge and evil, rotting or exotic fruit, phallic fish, filthy rats. Of all the sins the most deadly is lust, and here we find it everywhere: in the foreplay in the bubble; in the man holding his genitals, a symbolic rotting raspberry between his legs; and in the birds, the reminders of flight, both to the heavens and in emotion.



Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights (central panel - detail)
c. 1500
Museo del Prado, Madrid

 
 

Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights (left wing)
c. 1500
Museo del Prado, Madrid

The left inner panel completes the story begun on the exterior panels by illustrating the last three days of Creation, during which the Earth teems with animals, some recognizable, like the giraffe, elephant and deer; some fabulous inventions, like the unicorn. In the centre a dramatic Fountain of Life in a delicate pink rises from a rocky islet in the centre of a lake. To the right some weird water creatures climb a bank, which transforms itself into a Dali-like head, while to the left ducks and herons create a sense of nature at peace. Below this scene a fierce and fabulous Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil stands close to the figures of Adam and Eve. God appears here youthful and in the image of Christ, suggesting two parts of the Trinity in One. It is the moment when God says "Be fruitful and multiply, replenish the Earth and subdue it.' It might be noted that in the central panel there are no children and the inhabitants are engaged in other pursuits than subduing the Earth - indeed, the giant fruits suggest the reverse.


Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights (left wing - detail)
c. 1500
Museo del Prado, Madrid


Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights (left wing - detail)
c. 1500
Museo del Prado, Madrid


Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights (left wing - detail)
c. 1500
Museo del Prado, Madrid


Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights (left wing - detail)
c. 1500
Museo del Prado, Madrid

 
 
 

 
 
 
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