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Painting a Picture
Madrid, the Prado, August 19, 2014. I'm standing in the room where their Jhenorimus Bosch (or: Jeroen Bosch) paintings are displayed. He's called 'El Bosco' here, a name that speaks of reverence for the great master but somehow makes me think of a modern day soccer heroe surrounded by screaming, admiring fans.
Jheronimus Bosch - The Garden of Earthly Delights
The Prado has one of the largest collections of Bosch in the World; according tot heir website they have no less than nine works that are attributed to him. The Garden of Earthly Delights gets the most attention. There's a press of people in front of it, seperated from the triptych by a rope that keeps them at a safe distance. A larger distance, I might add, than is considered neccesary when it comes to the other works in the room.
At first I'm in the back of the press. Fortunately part of the people in front of me are Asians and Spaniards, so they don't block all of my view. I slowly find my way to the front. The press of people in my back makes me happy that the rope keeps us at a distance from the work; I'm afraid they'll push me over. At the same time, it's too far to see much detail in terms of brush strokes and such. Not that there's any lack of detail in the image: this is, after all, one of Bosch's big works filled with all kinds of strange litte objects, figures and scenes. I try to find my way to the side, but it's hard to see much of the outside of the side panels.
But, don't despair: now you can take an extremely close look at the painting without even leaving your comfy chair at home! This website with it's 'interactive documentary' is well worth a visit. There's a tour in Dutch by Midas Dekkers, but if you'd prefer an English spoken tour by Redmond o'Hanlon, just switch to English in the upper righthand corner of the screen. I was awestruck by all the marvellous details, especially the animals and fantastic beasts. There are funny sound effects, like water, animal sounds, conversation murmur and people making smacking sounds while they're eating from the giant fruits. Don't forget to turn on the sound and to zoom in!
Geplaatst op 13-02-2016.
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