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HIERONYMUS BOSCH - THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS

Towards the end of the Middle Ages, the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch housed an artist with a remarkably creative fantasy. His paintings and drawings warn against the consequences of human sin and folly, as is common in those days. At the same time, Hieronymus Bosch boasts a figurative language that is unique and unforgettable.

The Garden of Earthly Delights is Bosch’s most complex and enigmatic creation. This large triptych tells the story of mankind from Creation onwards. The left panel shows the first humans, Adam and Eve. The middle panel features countless naked women and men in a paradise setting. On the right, devils in Hell are torturing the sinful souls of the deceased, topped by one of Bosch’s iconic city fires. As a child, he probably witnessed a huge city fire in 1463, during which more than four hundred wooden houses in Den Bosch went up in flames. Great Art Explained goes in depth about this remarkable piece of art.

Towards the end of the Middle Ages, the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch housed an artist with a remarkably creative fantasy. His paintings and drawings warn against the consequences of human sin and folly, as is common in those days. At the same time, Hieronymus Bosch boasts a figurative language that is unique and unforgettable.

The Garden of Earthly Delights is Bosch’s most complex and enigmatic creation. This large triptych tells the story of mankind from Creation onwards. The left panel shows the first humans, Adam and Eve. The middle panel features countless naked women and men in a paradise setting. On the right, devils in Hell are torturing the sinful souls of the deceased, topped by one of Bosch’s iconic city fires. As a child, he probably witnessed a huge city fire in 1463, during which more than four hundred wooden houses in Den Bosch went up in flames. Great Art Explained goes in depth about this remarkable piece of art.