The Garden of Earthly Delights

Renaissance Art Characteristics

The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch

The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch was produced in 17th Century and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Renaissance Art movement. The work can be viewed now at Museo del Prado, Madrid


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): bible, spirituality


The Garden of Earthly Delights is a painting produced between 1490 and 1515 by Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch.

One of the most complex and puzzling piece of art, produced at the turn of the Middle Age and early Northern Renaissance, and has been considered as a forerunner of surrealism.

The work is very complicated even in its structure. It consists of three inner panels with left and right sides which can be closed. The two outer panels are creating additional painting. Internal panels represent from left to right – the Eden, the garden of earthly delight and the Hell. It is not entirely clear whether the external panels are prologue or epilogue, which depends on how they are understood – as the Creation of the world or as a Great Flood. Comprehensive interpretation is almost impossible, because the ideas, figures and images are extremely complex and their perceptions are very different and often conflicting. Explanations range from a warning for the sins up to a political message against Habsburg. Regardless of whether the observer will be able to create overall impression of the painting or just random one, it will inspire and remain in memory, especially those unusual creatures.

The work can be viewed at Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.


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