panel represents the earthly Paradise.
The original measures 220 cm of height
and 97.5 cm of width and the above presented copy measures the half of these measurements.
panel may be divided into three parts :
part with strangly shaped rocks from which swarms of birds are flying off.
where the pinkish Fountain of Life may be seen, and on the right of it the Tree
of Good and Evil (a palm-tree) can be identified by the fact that the Tempter
snake is winded around it.
part, where there is a scene which is atypical because it does not represent
the creation of Eve from Adam's rib, nor the way they behaved in the garden, nor
the blames which followed the eviction from earthly Paradise, the unique themes
related in the Genesis in relation with this event.
In this strange and original scene, God, Adam and Eve participate.
Adam is awake, which appears only in miniatures and God is presenting him to Eve,
God is represented in an old-fashioned way for the time
of Hieronymus Bosch : with the appearance of Jesus-Christ.
Eve is kneeling
on the ground and takes the hand of God.
Adam half recumbent is looking at
the future sinner.
On his left, there is the Tree of Life, an exotic dragon-tree
(Dracaena draco) and in the foreground
a pond with animals which most of them are fantastic.
in the central panel a world of lust is represented, this panel has been considered
as the prelude of what will occur latter.
what at first sight appears as the typical Eden, associated with the ideas of
peace and tranquillity, if we observe a little, this idyllic scenario is spoiled.
Various signals of tormenting burst onto the stage.
the Fountain of Life, on the right, animals confront each other : a lion has knocked
down a deer and is about to eat it, a strange biped is pursued by a wild boar.
the foreground, near the pond, conflicts beteween animals are occuring again :
a leopard holds a mouse in his mouth and abird with teeth is eating a frog.
use to consider these signs alien with Paradise peace as an annoucement of sin.
feminine sin is eptomised by the creatures which are draging on the earth (insects
and reptilians) or are swimming in water (amphibians and fishes), as, of the four
elements (Earth, Water, Fire and Air) earth and water are considered as passive
and fertile elements which, like the woman, receive semen.
masculine sin is represented by beasts that can fly : flying insects, birds, bats,
and so on, inasmuch as air is considered as an actve element, associated with
fire and masculine, in opposition to earth which is feminine.
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.