|Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, central panel|
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The Garden of Earthly Delights is a triptych painted by the early Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516), housed in the Museo del Prado in Madrid since 1939. Dating from between 1490 and 1510, when Bosch was about 40 or 50 years old, it is his best-known and most ambitious work. The masterpiece reveals the artist at the height of his powers; in no other painting does he achieve such complexity of meaning or such vivid imagery.
|The Garden of Earthly Delights, left panel|
|The Garden of Earthly Delights, right panel|
|The Garden of Earthly Delights, outer panels|
When the triptych's wings are closed, the design of the outer panels becomes visible. Rendered in a green–gray grisaille, the outer panels lack colour, probably because most Netherlandish triptych are thus painted, but possibly indicating that the painting reflects a time before the creation of the sun and moon, which were formed, according to Christian theology, to "give light to the earth".
Hieronymus Bosch at the Web Gallery of Art
The Garden of Earthly Delights on Wikipedia
Hieronymus Bosch on Wikipedia