panel represents Hell. It measures 220 cm of height and 97.5 cm of width on the
original (and the half of these measurements for the above presented copy).
It is also known as the Musical Hell due to the numerous representations
of musical instruments. It is not known why Hieronymus Bosch associates music
with sin. May be the music score which appears in the lower part is it this
of an infernal music ?
He has painted the hell torments to which humankind
is put at stake. He describes an oneiric, demoniac, oppressive, with innumerable
tortures. It is a very dark panel in relation to the colours of the two others
: pallid tones of the ice hell, bright flames of the fire hell.
panel the seven deadly sins are represented.
panel may be divided in three parts :
In the upper
part we have the classical view of Hell with fire and tortures. The buildings
are subjected to strange phosphorescent floodlights. This blaze which represents
with realism the landscape of a burning city, is certainly related with the shell-shock
he got as a child while seeing his native town burning off. In fact, these
representations of cities in flames can be seen on several paintings of the same
resulting atmosphere is really demoniac.
In the central
part appears an oneiric world the main element of which is a "tree-man"
looking at spectators. He has been considered in many occasions as the self-portrait
of the painter, half hidden in order to try to dissimulate a wound produced by
part, there is the Musical Hell, strictly speaking, in which musical instruments
are changed into torture instruments.
At the bottom, on the right, we
can see a man being embraced
by a pig. It is a symbol of what will happen to people of the central panel, the
Garden of earthly Delights, for their behaviour.
the top of this page, on the right of the left picture, you have magnifying glasses.
If you click on any of these magnifying glasses, you will access to the corresponding
detail of the panel.
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