Copy by Michel Mancini of the Triptych the Garden of Delights of Hieronymus Bosch Central panel (Detail)

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At the centre of this part, around a orange tent, we find a group of several personages the most remarkable of whom are a man carrying an enormous fish and an other with flowers in his anus.

More on the right and toward the bottom, we find an other tent yellow on its base and becoming blue in its upper part and surmounted by two eggs put in equilibrium one upon the other. In front of this tent, there is a group of five persons, one of them of black race.

At the left of this group, we have a small group around a gigantic strawberry and an other fruit which let escape multicoloured marbles.

On the right top of this part, there is a group of dancers.

Immediately below, we find the only clothed person of the whole panel.
Clearly, this personage look towards the exterior, creating so a close relationship with the spectator.
He is showing by his forefinger a woman half lying, who seems to be Eve.
Behind the clothed man, the figure of a third personage appears through a transparent vase.
Several theories exist about the identity of the clothed personage.

For instance, Bax thinks that he is Adam and that the man whose face appears behind him, coming from a cave shaped as a burrow, would be Noa announcing a new era after the Flood.

Mateo has an other theory.
The clothed man would be John the Baptist who is always represented with a brown frayed skin cloth and showing something, God's Lamb usually.

However, here, Hieronymus Bosch will surprise us once more.

The Baptist does not appear to designate the Lamb of God who removes the sins of the world, but Eve who brought them.
The cave from which John the Baptist is erupting would be the symbol of the entrance in the limb such as it is described in the apocryphal Gospel by Nicodeme.
So, John the Baptist would be the bridge between the world before sin and the earthly world.

On another hand, there is an interesting work of Saint Augustine (Augustine of Hippo) : Comments on Genesis against Manichaeans, in which this famed author indicates that death is fixed in the skin tunic : " They should have covered themselves with leafs and God gave them skin tunics, he covered them with the mortality of this life."
This signification is what let the scholars think that, under this tunic, we find the original couple.

In addition, at the left bottom of this central panel, there is a man who is showing the previous panel, and especially Eve, which has been interpreted as a clear accusation of the woman to bed guilty of having given in to snake's temptation, committing the sin for which the whole humankind would pay.

Misogyny existing at the time when Hieronymus Bosch painted the Garden of Delights is well known.

Erasmus was speaking of the stupidity of the woman, explaining that she only useful for providing pleasure to the man who also reaches stupidity when he seeks her.
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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 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
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