Hieronymus Bosch's epic triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights, painted over 500 years ago, is considered to be one of the most famous and most ambitious work of the Dutch master’s career. It has been analyzed repeatedly, and with a wide range of conclusions, for about as long as it's existed.
A string of translations have been put forth since it was finished: its the biblical narrative of creation, a depiction of the temptation of women, or a warning against excess and sin. Now you have access to all that knowledge thanks to a new interactive online exhibition called Jheronimus Bosch, the Garden of Earthly Delights, which breaks down more than 40 scenes inside the legendary triptych. The website is everything an art history lecture should be, but online, and free.
The transmedia artwork was created in coordination with of Pieter van Huijstee's documentary Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil, to be released later this year. You can explore the painting on your own, or take a guided tour narrated by Redmond o’Hanlon in the style of Attenborough's Planet Earth.
The launch of the website and upcoming release of the documentary mark the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. Yesterday a similar project allowing you to tour the painting in virtual reality also launched. Learn more about that here.