On the left, near an owl, symbol of maliciousness,
a strange flower erupts from a pink globe which floating on water. This flower
is terminated by a transparent globe in the inside of which a man and and woman
are located. A mouse is entering in a transparent tube which is placed in a hole
of the pink globe.
On the right of this scene, a man, with a tumid penis,
is standing head to toe, dived into water up to the chest, while he is opening
his legs in the Y shape, which shows an obsession for presenting animals or persons
in inverted positions, a theme developed in the Ship of Fools by Sebastian
Brandt or in the Praise
of Folly by Erasmus.
More on the right, we find, with only the head
rising above water, a group of persons around an enormous wine grape handled by
a man whose head and torso as well as those of a woman can be seen through a hole
of a big pink ball floating on the water.
You will note that the water
is not crystalline, but dirty and source of lust, origin of all evils that are
reflected by the painting ; in fact, at that time, bathing could allude to Venus
y, therefore to carnal love.
Near a kind of pink vegetal globe on a leaf
of which a bird is hanged head to tail, a group of three men seems to be dedicating
to homosexual activities.
In the centre of this fragment, a man is carrying
on his shoulders a giant mussel in which two persons seem to be fornicating.
At the bottom from left to right we find
first group of personages of which a black woman with a huge cherry on her head
and a man aiming his hand toward the previous panel and Eve as to accuse her,
a second group with a person carrying on his back an enormous strawberry
having wings like a butterfly and and strange tail, and several other groups,
a third group with a woman having two cherries on her head, a big crop bird
giving a fruit to a man lying in a gigantic vase, a brown fish lying on the meadow,
two head to toe strange creatures walking on their hands.
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of Delights Garden of Delights Hieronymus Bosch Hieronymus Bosch triptych central
panel detail 6 birds owl duck grapes strawberries nude naked male men female women
strawberry animals fish mussel fuck penis "Prado museum" Prado museum "Flemish
school" "Dutch school" Flemish Dutch Renaissance "gothic style" "surrealist painting"
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century" "virtual Gallery" painting paintings copy copies reproduction reproductions
oil canvas "Michel Mancini" commission master "old masters" painter painters
copy on canvas of the triptych the Garden of Delights by Hieronymus van Aaken
known as Hieronymus Bosch at the Prado Museum in Madrid Oil copy on canvas of
the triptych the Garden of Delights by Hieronymus van Aaken known as Hieronymus
Bosch at the Prado Museum in Madrid Oil copy on canvas of the triptych the Garden
of Delights by Hieronymus van Aaken known as Hieronymus Bosch at the Prado Museum