Garden of Earthly Delights: Hell

The right panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights illustrates Hell, the setting of a number of Bosch paintings. The detail shows a gigantic bird-headed monster as it feeds on the tormented. The monster is sometimes referred to as the “Prince of Hell”, a name derived from the cauldron he wears on his head, perhaps representing a debased crown. Renewed interest in Bosch’s work came during the early 20th-century as the imagery struck a chord with early surrealists and their fascination with dreamscapes, the autonomy of the imagination, and a free flowing connection to the unconscious. Joan Miró and Salvador Dali were especially influenced by Bosch.

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Hieronymous Bosch was an Early Netherlandish painter of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. His work is well-known for the use of fantastic imagery and his influence among surrealist, fantastic, and fantasy artists.