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Deconstructing the Garden of Earthly Delights - It's in the Details



I've been fascinated by this Bosch triptych since first seeing it in my early teens. This is the second time I have manipulated The Garden of Earthly Delights (see this post), this time combining Kaleidoscope (4 mirrors), symmetrical layer flipping, use of Layer Mode, and a final pass with Cartoon. I nearly ditched this version as I was working on it, because the full view (above) was a little disappointing. Fortunately, I zoomed in for a look around (the full version is over 14,000 pixels wide, so it's a big canvas) and became absorbed in lively, chaotic, fragmented details that still echoed the original. See the bottom of this post for a med res version of the original, uncorrupted painting.


I'm less than thrilled with the resolution of the details from this manipulation, a problem I bump into regularly what with all the extreme filtering and zooming-in I do when remixing/deconstructing an image. I know there are "AI based" up-res filters/plug-ins available out there, but they cost money, and I haven't found a good free version yet. Of course, I haven't looked around much, either.


From Wiki:


"The Garden of Earthly Delights is the modern title[a] given to a triptych oil painting on oak panel painted by the Early Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch, between 1490 and 1510, when Bosch was between 40 and 60 years old.[1] It has been housed in the Museo del Prado in Madrid since the year 1939.

As so little is known of Bosch's life or intentions, interpretations of his intent have ranged from an admonition of worldly fleshy indulgence, to a dire warning on the perils of life's temptations, to an evocation of ultimate sexual joy. The intricacy of its symbolism, particularly that of the central panel, has led to a wide range of scholarly interpretations over the centuries. Twentieth-century art historians are divided as to whether the triptych's central panel is a moral warning or a panorama of paradise lost."









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