Garden of Earthly Delights (c. 1504) by Hieronymous Bosch

Garden of Earthly Delights - Hieronymous Bosch - c.1500

Artwork Information

TitleGarden of Earthly Delights
ArtistHieronymous Bosch
MediumOil on Panel
Dimensions97 x 220 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid
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About Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymous Bosch’s triptych, the Garden of Earthly Delights, is a stunning artwork that was painted between 1490 and 1500. The painting measures an impressive 7’3″ x 12’9″ and can be viewed at Madrid’s Museo del Prado. It is seen as one of the most significant religious paintings from the fifteenth-century Netherlandish Renaissance due to its enigmatic and evocative nature.

The central panel portrays a wild orgy of flesh that continues to invoke both fascination and disgust in viewers centuries later. However, this spectacle is merely symbolic of Bosch’s larger artistic statement about creation and human futility. The artist spent twenty years working on this masterpiece, which amazes art lovers with its intricate details and monumental scale.

Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights depicts various scenes related to human indulgence, pagan beliefs, and Christian doctrine. This triptych also refers to divine punishment for sinful acts in paradise — bear witness to the right panel depicting ‘Hell.’

In summary, Hieronymous Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights represents one of the most creative artworks from Europe’s middle ages characterized by his signature Fantasio-realistic pictorial representation.

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