Jheronimus Bosch ca. 1450 – 1516

Garden of Earthly Delights - Paradise

oil on panel (220 × 97 cm) — 1480/90, or ca. 1500 Museum Museo del Prado, Madrid

Jheronimus Bosch biography

This work is linked to Genesis 2:25

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Left wing of the triptych Garden of Earthly Delights.

Many animals and birds appear to be living in peaceful co-existence. Quite a number of the animals are African, like the elephant and the giraffe.

The central figure is God, who has just created Eve out of one of Adam's ribs. God introduces them to each other.

In the foreground some animals can be seen eating others, thus not living together peacefully. Perhaps Bosch meant that the Fall was iminent.

Central panel: the Garden of Earthly Delights.
Right panel: hell.

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