Tribute of the 500th ‪Anniversary of ‪Bosch


Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. Photograph: Corbis

To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of the early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch (around 1450-1516), The Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch has put on one of the most important exhibitions of our century. The show, for which the museum has borrowed 20 of the artist’s 25 surviving panels and triptychs, looks to transform our knowledge of this extraordinary painter, famed for his bizarre fantasies.

At the turn of the 16th century, a Netherlandish painter who signed himself Hieronymus Bosch created one of the world’s most fascinating and confounding works of art. The Garden of Earthly Delights is a triptych, a three-part painting whose side panels can be closed like doors. Between Eden to the left and Hell to the right is Bosch’s vision of naked bliss.

Hieronymus Bosch has been inspiring artists for five centuries. Here’s a remarkable reworking of Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by the Spanish painter Lluis Barba. In 2007, Lluis Barba revealed his modern version of the painting, collocating new characters next to the original Bosch’s deformed ones, among them Artists, friends, colleagues and celebrities.

Barcelona-based artist Lluís Barba introduces the likes of Kate Moss and Coca-Cola into his Garden of Earthly Delights (El Bosco). Barba’s cut-and-pasted figures take selfies, play sports, and even argue with Bosch’s own characters.


Lluís Barba, The Garden of Earthly Delights (El Bosco), 2007, C-Type print, perspex/aluminium mounted.

7 contemporary works inspired by Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights via Artnews