Hieronymus Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights, 1510.

“The central panel to us has an air of innocence, the gentle lovemaking, naked young people creating a mood of joy. To Bosch, with his medieval mind, this world was brimming with symbols of sin. A few examples of this are the water birds, fish, and ripe strawberries that signify lewdness and lust. The left panel represents evil invading the world. The creation of man; Adam and Eve are represented here. In the right wing we are shown a vision of hell. The flames, demons, and complete horror invade this space giving tangible shape to the fears that haunted humankind throughout the Middle Ages.”

Source: Art in the Picture – http://www.artinthepicture.com/paintings/Hieronymus_Bosch/Garden-of-Earthly-Delights/

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