Seeing this animation first time a couple of weeks ago, the FB feed has reintroduced me, just as I had come back from my fielwork for taking analog images for the current assignment.
This time round, I looked more closely at Bosch’s original painting and some of its interpretations: earthly sin, the fall of (wo)man; notions of earthly pleasure or innocence, or in fact an ironic commentary on the Habsburg Empire’s pursuits of earthly delights.
What interests me in this?
- the contemporary interpretation in format/medium as digital animation of one the key pieces in the Western art historical canon
- the overflowing mess and abundance of the imagery, its animation and the inability to take it all in.
- the theme of pleasure/desire
All these, in different forms are relevant to my current assignment work.
I ordered a recent publication on Bosch’s original work, mainly for the high quality reproductions of the details in the painting and a sense of current state of interpretation of this work which has been interpreted so vastly differently over time.
I will update this post with some more research details as they emerge.
Below a high resolution image of Bosch’s original work (source: https://uploads6.wikiart.org/images/hieronymus-bosch/the-garden-of-earthly-delights-1515-7.jpg)