Collection

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The Garden of Delights

Qr Code

original title

The Garden of Earthly Delights Triptych

The artwork

date

1490 - 1500

details

Oil, oak panels

Northern Renaissance
Religious painting
205.5 cm × 384.9 cm

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The artist

Hyeronimus Bosch

c. 1450

Dutch/Netherlandish

Where to see it

Museo Nacional del Prado

“Bosch is a complete visionary... His oeuvre, having emerged out of oblivion, calls into question the very foundations of the art of painting.”
Andre Breton, 1957

Why we love it

This work is a real madness, you can spend hours in front of it and you will always discover something new.
It consists of three panels all united by the theme of sin, that address the destiny of humanity, with the Paradise of Adam and Eve, another Paradise deceptive to the senses, and Hell in the right panel.
In addition, when the painting is closed on the outside there is a painting in grisaille that alludes to the third day of the creation of the world.
The “tree-man” looking directly at the viewer is believed to be a self-portrait of the artist, but this is another unsolved mystery surrounding the painting.

Considered an exception to the painting of its time, and one of the most fascinating, mysterious and attractive works in the history of art, the Bosch style was an immediate success, copied by artists of his time such as Pieter Bruegel, and much later by the surrealist movement with artists like Salvador Dalí or Joan Miró.

This is just our small contribution, your curiosity can do the rest.

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