July 15, 2011

An Icon of the Times: The Garden of Earthly Delights Without the Party in the Middle


"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only." -- Dickens, Tale of Two Cities

Note on the Illustration: The image is, of course, a compilation of the left and right panels of "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch. I've taken out the center panel (Party Time!) and merged the outer panels reversed (i.e. The original right panel is now on the left.). It's interesting to see how, along the middle, certain elements actually line up and feed one into the other. Click the image to enlarge, but be warned that it's about 400K in size.

Posted by Vanderleun at July 15, 2011 10:34 PM
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No matter how many times I see this painting, I always discover something new in it. I'm sure that was Bosch's idea all along, but it still works.

Posted by: waltj at July 15, 2011 6:01 PM