The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch

One of the more interesting Prado Museum paintings to explore with Google Earth is Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. It’s a painting that lends itself to exploration as there’s so much going on in it. Hieronymus Bosch either had a quirky sense of humor or he had a few gremlins running around inside his head.

Here’s a couple doing some flower arranging..
The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch

I’m not sure what’s going on here, but they seem to be having fun..
The Garden of Earthly Delights detail by Hieronymus Bosch

That’s no way to play a flute..
The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch painting

Ouch, that’s an arrow in my bum.
The Garden of Earthly Delights painting by Hieronymus Bosch
So, it seems the Garden of Earthly Delights is really all about inserting things in our rear end.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Thanks for my first chuckle of the day.

  2. Anyone who thinks that some modern art is weird has never come across Hieronymus Bosch. He’s the world’s leading exponent of the fart flute. Bit of an anal fixation, what?

    And this is a religious painting! A triptych!

    Have you had a close look at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling recently?

  3. Yeah, I think Bosch really did have a sense of humor Tina.

    Ian, I havent looked at the Sistine Chapel for ages.. and never in real life. Is there some kind of internet project on it? I think I can remember something being done with it online.. or maybe not.. I don’t know.

    If I was any kind of real art lover I would probably go see the real thing! Would be a good excuse for a holiday actually ;-)


  4. Donald Frazell says:

    I really dont know how to make heads or tails out of this story.
    You seem to have an internal theme going on here Dion, both going in, and going out.
    I am so confused!

  5. Hieronymus Bosch is an interesting artist….


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