Paradise: A Modern Day Interpretation of the Garden of Earthly Delights

Animation artists Studio Smack, best known for their music video Witch Doctor by De Staat, were asked to’ go crazy’ with a modern-day interpreting of one of the most famous paints by Early Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights .

For this work, Studio Smack cleared the original landscape of the middle panel of Boscha

s paint( the original was a triptych) and reconstructed it into a hallucinatory 4K animation. The animals that populate this indoor playground exemplify the extravagances and desires of 21 st century Western civilization. Consumerism, selfishness, escapism, the lure of eroticism, pride and decadence. All characters are metaphors for national societies where loners swarm their digital dream world. They are symbolic reflections of egoes and an imagination of people as they learn themselves- unlike Bosch’s version, where all individuals more or less looking the same.

These characters, once precisely painted dream figures, are now digitally generated 3D models. All of them have been given their own animation loop-the-loop to wander through the landscape. By placing them wholly in this synthetic fresco, the picture is never the same. What the animation and Boscha

s triptych have in common is that youa

ll hardly be able to take it all in, you can watch it for hours.



was commissioned by the MOTI Museum in The Netherlands for the exhibition New Delights , which was part of the Hieronymus Bosch 500 -year anniversary. A gigantic video installing of this work was exhibited in the Museum last year but has since ended.

Below you can see the original painting by Hieronymus Bosch and understand better’ The Garden of Earthly Delights’

Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, petroleum on oak panels, 220 cm A

389 cm (8 7 in A

153 in ), Museo del Prado, Madrid

The Garden of Earthly Delights is the modern name given to a triptych oil painting on oak panel painted by the Early Netherlandish lord Hieronymus Bosch, housed in the Museo del Prado in Madrid since 1939. It dates from between 1490 and 1510, when Bosch was between 40 and 60 years old.

As so little is known of Bosch’s life or aims, interpretings of his intent have ranged from an admonition of worldly fleshy indulgence, to a dire warn on the perils of life’s temptations, to an evocation of ultimate sexual exhilaration. The intricacy of its symbolism, especially that of the central panel, has led to a wide range of scholarly interpretings over the centuries. Twentieth-century art historians are subdivided as to whether the triptych’s central panel is a moral warn or a vistum of paradise lost. Peter S. Beagle describes it as an “erotic derangement that becomes us all into voyeurs, a place filled with the intoxicating air of perfect liberty”.[ source]

The exterior panels show the world during creation, likely on the Third Day, after the addition of plant life but before the appearing of animals and humans.

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