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

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Copy by Michel Mancini of the triptych the Garden of Delights from Hieronymus Bosch - Central panel : the Garden of earthly Delights

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The central panel represents the Garden of earthly Delights, strictly speaking, which is also known as the Strawberry Panel.

The original measures 220 cm of height and 195 cm of width and the above presented copy measures the half of these measurements.

It is a false paradise in which humankind has already completely given in to sin, specially to lust and heads toward perdition.

Dozens of different symbols, the deciphering keys of which can only be guessed, are crowding this oppressive and eerie place in which foolery has taken possession of world.

There are as men as women, all nude, white and black.
All kinds of sexual relations and erotic scenes are shown, mainly heterosexual, but also homosexual or onanist.
In addition, there are also erotic or sexual relations between animals, and even between plants.

A major element of the central panel is the lack of sexual differentiation.
The unique differentiation signs between men and women are feminine breasts and male genital organs.
It is possible that by this way, Hieronymus Bosch would demonstrate that the whole humankind was involved in sin.

This panel may be divided into three parts :

the upper part , where we find five structures of dark blue and/or pink colour, the foot of which is bathing in a great pond with an irregular but symmetric shape, with a river divided in four branching.

the middle, where we can see an other pond, with an ellipsoid shape in which nude women bathe and around which a cortege of miscellaneous animals is running with their riders.

the lower part, which is crowded by numerous nude personages, in groups or by pairs, next to strange plants, minerals or cowries or eating huge fruits.
All the fruits (cherries, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, strawberry-tree fruits, and so on) are an obvious allusion to sexual pleasures.
In the Middle Age, the expression "gathering fruits" meant having carnal relations.
But at the same time, fruits symbolise ephemerality of this pleasure, as in a few days they pass
from freshness to putrefaction.
Michel Mancini took the liberty of painting feminine breasts more naturally than on the original where their conic shape was lacking of voluptuousness.

The traditional interpretation of this panel is that Hieronymus Bosch condemns the lust world that he is painting and the responsibility of which lies with Eve designated as guilty by St John the Baptist.

However, there are other interpretation which divert from the previous one, considering that Hieronymus Bosch does not condemn what is seen in this panel, but on the contrary, thinks that, for him, it would be a positive and highly desirable world :
The world which is represented is a world of happiness, without pain, illness or death.
Sands of time are not represented (there are no child nor elders) and we cannot se anyone working to provide for his needs by the sweat of one's brow.
We are faced to a humankind who eats the fruits from earth and is organised in natural structures.

It is the reason why W. Fraenger thought that this work is an illustration of the religious ideas of the Adamites' heretic sect, thesis which today is the subject of controversy.

Paul Vandenbroeck (2001) has alleged that here the Venus Mountain was represented (31 Grial). It was known at the end of the Middle Ages as the false paradise, which means that it would be "sinner and demoniac" as in traditional thesis.

Juan Antonio Ramirez, on the contrary, preaches that it is an illustration of Genesis, due to the continuity of the landscape in relation to the previous panel.
The central panel would describe the earthly paradise as it was, according to Genesis, before the original sin :

And Jehovah (God) gave birth from earth to all tree pleasant to see and good for eating and also the Life Tree in the middle of the orchard and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil,
And a river went out of Eden to water the garden ; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good : there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Coush.
And the name of the third river is Hiddekel : that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria (Tigris).
And the fourth river is Euphrates.
Chapter II of Genesis.

In fact, in this panel of Hieronymus Bosch all kinds of fruits and trees can be seen, as well, in the upper part, the four rivers of Paradise, Pison included, with a strange construction with golden flowers and Gihon with a monkey colony, and the two other rivers which have been located in Mesopotamia.

So it would represent paradise such as, according Christians, it was created by God, not as the place where Eve sinned, but as the ideal paradise what it should have been if Eve instead of sinning had followed the orders of God :

" Fructify and become numerous, and fill earth and dominate it ; you will eat all plants which gives seeds and all fruits of trees which give seeds". (Genesis, 1 : 28-29)

Therefore, the personages who appears are nude and do not feel any shame for it. (See Genesis, 2 : 25)

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