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The Interactive Garden of Earthly Delights

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When I was a child, I would spend countless time staring at their rather small print of Hieronymous Bosch’s famous tryptic, The Garden of Earthly Delights, painted between 1503 and 1515 in what is now the Netherlands. It is considered an early precursor to surrealism and it has fascinated me all my life. The left of the tryptic depicts the Garden of Eden, the middle and largest part depicts an Earth full of people succumbing to temptation and sin, and the right, most bizarre painting, depicts the hell that awaits them.


Now, some Dutch artists have created an amazing interactive version of the painting, which you can explore in amazing detail down to the brush stroke... but that’s not all, it is also fully annotated with both text and a narrator to guide you through it either as a preset tour or with tags at various places. On top of that, while you are exploring the painting, what you see is accompanied by appropriate music and sound effects. The whole thing makes a new artwork out of the old and I am just astounded at the work they did.

You can experience the whole thing here, but be prepared, because this is a huge time-suck:

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