Artwork Title: Garden of Earthly Delights (detail) - Artist Name: Hieronymus Bosch

Garden of Earthly Delights (detail)

Hieronymus Bosch

Located lower middle of central panel. ...The center image depicts the expansive "garden" landscape which gives the triptych its name.... The garden is teeming with male and female nudes, together with a variety of animals, plants and fruit. Fantastic creatures mingle with the real; otherwise ordinary fruits appear engorged to a gigantic size. The figures are engaged in diverse amorous sports and activities, both in couples and in groups. Gibson describes them as behaving "overtly and without shame", while art historian Laurinda Dixon writes that the human figures exhibit "a certain adolescent sexual curiosity". There is no perspectival order in the foreground; instead it comprises a series of small motifs wherein proportion and terrestrial logic are abandoned. Bosch presents the viewer with gigantic ducks playing with tiny humans under the cover of oversized fruit; fish walking on land while birds dwell... []

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