“Hell,” Jerome Bosch – a description of the picture

“Hell,” Jerome Bosch – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Jerome Bosch
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1500-1510

Description of the picture :

Hell – Jerome Bosch (Part of the Triptych “Garden of Earthly Pleasures”). 1500-1510. Wood, butter. 389 x 220 cm

   Hell is the right trick of the famous triptych of the artist called “Garden of Earthly Pleasures.”. Under this lyrical name lies far from a sweet and idyllic picture. In fact, the triptych is completely made in the style of Bosch – terrible visions, grotesque figures, terrible images are almost everywhere.

   In the artist’s vision, hell appears as a monstrous surreal place. Critics often call the right trick of triptych “Musical Hell” because a variety of musical instruments have been used here. However, one should not hope that they are used for their intended purpose. In fact, the devils do not even play them, as one might suspect. Bosch decided to use methods of their use that are completely far from the direct purpose of musical instruments. In most cases, they act as torture devices.

   For example, the artist’s harp plays the role of a cross for crucifixion or chimney – an unfortunate sinner is melted on it. Innocent lute has been the subject of torture of another poor fellow who lies face down. It is interesting that notes are printed on his buttocks, on which a completely unimaginable choir sings – damned led by a conductor with a fish “face.”.

   The foreground of the picture is able to shock even a modern person tempered by “terrorists”. A rabbit drags a man with an open stomach, who was tied to a vent. At the same time, a stream of blood literally hits the poor. The predatory rabbit looks very peaceful, and this is a truly monstrous contrast compared to what he does and what should imply his action in the future.

   The abnormality of this place is emphasized by the incredible size of berries and fruits, scattered throughout the entire sash. When you look at it, it is not clear who eats whom here – people of berries or berries of people? The world rolled over and became hell.

   A frozen pond with wormwood, where the sinner rushes on a huge skate, people flying into the world like brainless midges, a person grinding in the door lock – all these images are allegorical and certainly were understandable to the artist’s contemporaries. Something from what was seen can be interpreted and interpreted today, but from the point of view of the person of our time, and not the late Middle Ages.

   It is interesting that the researcher of Bosch’s work was able to decipher the notes engraved on the “fifth point” of the sinner. It turns out that the artist recorded a completely coherent melody that can be played and listened to. But this is the only normal real element in the delusional world of his hell.