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The Garden of Earthly Delights

The Garden Of Earthly Delights

The Garden of Earthly Delights” (sometimes called “The Millennium”) is probably the most famous work by the 15th century painter Hieronymus Bosch. The content of the triptych is open to interpretation but the three panels are generally agreed to follow a temporal progression. Given that the two side panels depict the beginning and the end of time it could be considered a timeline – it’s definitely an early example of sequential art. To find more clues I would need to examine the content of those panels up close.

This paining is just one of many great works of art that hang in Madrid’s Prado museum. A few years ago, if I wanted to examine it in detail, I had two options: I could purchase a print and hope the reproduction was relatively faithful. Or I could get on a plane and fly to Madrid. There is now a third option. More and more art is being imaged at extremely high resolutions; you may remember I covered Lumiere Technology‘s high resolution multi-spectral analysis of classic artwork. This imagery can now be viewed using innovative zooming interfaces by anyone with a web browser.

Google recently embarked on a partnership with The Prado to scan much of their collection (including the “Garden of Earthly Delights”) and these can now be viewed through a custom layer in Google Earth. The video below shows how the high resolution photography was achieved.

Creating high resolution imagery of the art of The Prado Museum.

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7 thoughts on “The Garden of Earthly Delights

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  3. I’ve seen this painting in the flesh many times but this is just as good. What you guys do is not just an exercise in HD, you’re opening doors, showing art in its true context rather than the short-sighted version dictated by fads and fashion of the moment. I’m talking about the wide shot instead of the closeup; about giving people a chance to see painting as a living thing by putting Bosch and Dali together by the click of a mouse. More pics please.

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  5. I spent a lot of time at the Prado looking at the original of The Garden Of Earthly Delights, it’s the kind of painting that never ends, it’s more like a movie except for the huge amount of room Bosch gives the viewer to interpret, or rather than interpret, add endlessly new avenues of thought and vision and emotion. It’s reality that goes beyond reality. Surreal beyond surreal. It might take a lifetime (or even longer) to finish seeing TGOED, and that’s why it’s so important to me, now living in Australia, so far away from the Prado, to find this high resolutiion photo.

  6. Mike Smith says:

    I have an older print of TGOED. not knowing what it was, I researched it and found it. The images are eery, odd, and profoundly complex.
    You would think me strange, but I mounted it in my bathroom, by my shaving sink, under a revealing light. Every day I view it.
    Such an interesting and provocative piece of art.

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