The Garden of Earthly Delights (9/9)

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This painting was created by Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch in roughly 1500. The form seen here is called a triptych, which contains three separate panels that are assembled together and are designed to be viewed in ensemble. A widespread interpretation of this piece is that the leftmost portion depicts Adam and Eve in a world of peace and serenity. The middle panel shows a progression towards population and pleasure. Once we arrive at the rightmost panel, however, the figures have become lost in the chaos and darkness of hell. Despite its age, this piece feels strikingly modern and even futuristic. (See that little orb in the bottom left corner of the middle panel? Tell me that doesn’t look like Lady Gaga entering the Grammys in an egg back in 2011.) (Image courtesy of WikiImages via pixabay)

Written by Megan Pontin

Enthusiastic word-collector, avid pancake-consumer, and experienced hammock-lounger. Student at Cornell University.

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