Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Fantasic Paradise

Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1504 by Hieronymus Bosch, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

This painting has fascinated art and art history students for years. There is so much going on here and in his depiction of Hell, that one can study it for years and never totally understand it. He is so popular there is even a line of figurines.


Lou said...

Prado is a "must do" when in Madrid. Better to be guided, but a wonderful place to get lost. Seeing all three panels by Bosch could capture you for the day. Pictures are allowed, but remember to turn off the flash (who would have thought that you have to turn off the flash on my camera EVERY time you take a pic???).

Marie N. said...

Thanks for providing the links. The figurines are fascinating and grotesque. Now it seems to me Bosch must have had some influence on the design of the 'abused toys' from the first Toy Story movie.

When I see this work it is hard to imagine Durer and Cranach were his contemporaries.

Kate Warren said...

I absolutely love your work of the day site. I studied all of these works in my art history classes in college and I love being refreshed on them every day. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Any idea how long these paintings took him to complete? Fasinating!

Martha said...

This work was part of a triptych dated c.1504 and it seems that each of his paintings came roughly a year apart - so you can assume this work took him at least a year.

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