Name: Centre panel of the Garden of Earthly Delights.
Artist: Hieronymus Bosch
Location: Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
The Garden of Earthly Delights triptych is probably Bosch's most famous work. As in many of his earlier works, it shows human beings given over to sin. The left panel shows paradise, the right panel hell. The central panel represents an entirely unique view of life on earth. Innumerable attempts have been made to interpret Bosch's nightmarish visions. We can only guess what he had in mind. Without doubt he produced some of the most inventive fantasy paintings that have ever existed. The Garden of Earthly Delights demonstrates Bosch's dazzling ability to build up a hugely detailed landscape through a series of bizarre exaggerations and distortions. His influence on later painters cannot be underestimated.