Garden of Earthly Delights

Header Photo: The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1503 (Detail).

An image as magically beautiful as it is mysterious. Every view of it reveals something new and yet, at the same time, takes you further away from any meaning of it. Now that is art.
© Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

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Garden of Earthly Delights Canvas Print ~ Review

Bosch Garden Earthly Delights Canvas Print
Hieronymus Bosch
Garden of Earthly Delights Canvas Print
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Canvas Size: 18 x 12 inches (approx.)
Image Size: 10.5 x 11.5 inches (approx.)
Date: 2000s (Modern)

These Bosch canvas prints are without doubt the best quality prints on the market. Far better than an ordinary print or poster, they have a depth to them that a scan or photo cannot possibly capture. They have to be seen in the flesh to be believed! From 2015, and while stocks last, they are each just £23.99 UK Sterling or $34.99 US Dollars (Outside UK) which includes postage (sent in a hard tube to avoid damage).

Sold with a full money back guarantee, they are so beautiful I have no doubt you will love them. Buy Print.

Just bought a few of these from an art company in Glasgow and this is their blurb:

Fine Quality Reproduction
This is a stunning reproduction on canvas of the original painting by the above artist. We describe every reproduction which we create as a "Outstanding". You may think this to be a rather grand claim, but with our rigorous attention to detail allied with the very latest in technology, we doubt that you will disagree when you see the finished product.

Latest Technology
All of our prints are reproduced using the very latest technology which yields spectacular reproductions. We use only the finest quality 100% cotton canvas which would look perfect in any home. Attention to Detail
Using contemporary historical information we digitally remaster every reproduction to produce an enhanced image. We have endeavoured to create a reproduction as the artist would have intended his work to have been displayed at the time when it was painted.

On inspection, I was pleasantly surprised.

Sent rolled in a hard tube to avoid damage. Unstretched.

These are the best Bosch prints I have seen by a country mile. I often look at particular ones and just let the mystery wonder of it all bathe all over me. The technique to reproduce these marvels is second to none and you place it side by side an ordinary print or poster of the same image and you may as well be looking at an entirely different thing.

Bosch was just a genius. How else can you a describe him? The ultimate Surrealist who got there 100s of years before your Dalis or Magrittes. Isn't it wonderful we know so little of him and the context of the paintings? We can fill the blanks in in our mind's eye or let the works take you to places of the mind you didn't even know were there.

Genius. Buy Print.

Garden of Earthly Delights ~ Notes on Original Piece

This is the big one. The central panel of the most important work in an oeuvre of monumental works. When the panels are closed, the painting on the outer wings shows the Earth as a disk floating obliquely within a larger circle (see below). When the triptych is open the lateral wings show a form of Eden and Hell. The triptych takes its name from the central panel (a modern title). Tis The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Bosch Garden of Earthly Delights with panels closed
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The whole piece is a form of beautiful Surrealism nearly five hundred years before Andre Breton was even born.

On offer here is the canvas of the central panel only (see scan at top of page). Buy Print.

Relish the obscure. This is as obscure as it gets: we do not even know the original title of the piece. The Garden of Earthly Delights takes us to the outer reaches of the imagination - it's a one-way ticket and it's a paradise without earthly sin or a Christian Heaven. It's just an imaginary, luminous world. It is erotic beyond words.

What makes the piece, for me, the ultimate in surrealism, is the fact that we just do not know enough about the piece and why it is what it is. Art critics can give opinions but no-one can nail Bosch's work down because there is not enough hard fact. Books have been devoted to it but read them at your peril: they took me further away from the work than before I read them. All I can say is the work moves me in a primeval way that Dali, Magritte or Ernst never have. Just look at it and don't think: just let it wash over you. It will all hit the subconscious or bits of it will.

Wondrous and strange.

The few clues we have on the work are general and are really the only framework we have:

  • Bosch didn't work in isolation waiting for someone to discover his art, his vision. He became rich selling his paintings.
  • Triptychs were expensive to create.
  • They were commissioned and paid for by donors. They included nobles, church orders and guilds.
  • They were intended for public display. This meant they had to be readily understandable to their intended audience. In this context it has to be remembered that Bosch's audience would have been devoutly Catholic.
  • As mentioned above, if it is the case that the symbols had to be understandable then it must be noted that many symbols that are obscure or forgotten today would have been based on local customs and expressions that would have been known to Bosch's audience.

So the question is: who the hell commissioned it? A lay person? It is so extreme would it have been made for any church or monastery?

That is where the enigma of the piece starts to kick in.

None of it makes sense.

There are always more questions than answers with Bosch. If we are to assume that in The Garden of Earthly Delights we see depictions of Paradise, Earth and Hell then where is The Flood in the right panel? Where is the fiery pit of Hell we are so accustomed to and why is it Earth itself in flames?

It is safe to say that The Garden of Earthly Delights was completed well after 1500, fairly late in his career. I say 'safe' because no other picture of his has ussed such vivid imagery or revealed such complexity. It just has to be the work of a mature artist or is that just me willing it to be the case?

Garden of Earthly Delights Canvas Print ~ Buy (Outside UK)

July 2016: My master printer has retired sadly so these prints will never be available again. Such a shame as they were exquisite little prints but the printer gave me no warning of his retirement so I couldn't persuade him to continue or find a way of taking over the printing. The result is these prints are no more. I'm a little sad as I really believed in the quality of these prints but such is life.

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Garden of Earthly Delights Canvas Print: Review/View - Buy (Outside UK) - Buy (Within UK) - Trivia on Original Piece - Smartphones Page

Hieronymus Bosch Wares: Bosch Canvas Prints - Bosch Parastone Sculptures - Bosch Official Cards - Bosch 2015 Calendar - Bosch Posters - Bosch Complete Works Book Review - Bosch (Taschen Basic Art Series)

Hieronymus Bosch: Biography I - Biography II - Gallery - Trivia

Hieronymus Bosch: Complete Gallery - The Ascent of the Blessed Christ Carrying the Cross - The Conjurer Notes - The Conjurer - The Garden of Earthly Delights Notes - The Garden of Earthly Delights - Haywain - The Hermit Saints - The Last Judgement - Left and right panels of a triptych - Seven Deadly Sins - Notes - Seven Deadly Sins - St. John the Evangelist on Patmos - Temptation of St Anthony - The Temptation of St. Anthony (Recluse)

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