Bosch. The Garden of Dreams

Bosch. The Garden of Dreams. José Luis López-Linares. 2016

The constant Garden

Try to look carefully at this painting. Try to concentrate yourself on this landscape, this story, this incredible triptych. Please: make an effort. Don’t jump from one panel to the other. Don’t be surprised for what you see and of course: remember no to smile.

Please, don’t enjoy “The Garden of Earthly Delights”.

Don’t be delighted.

But wait, what happens? Is that you can’t do it?

Now I see: Maybe you need to watch this documentary. It could help.

Bosch. The Garden of Dreams was released this month. The Prado Museum celebrates the 5th Centenary Exhibition of the death of Jheronimus Bosch.

It was the occasion for bringing back Reindert Falkenburg’s proposal on explaining the triptych by his book The land of Unlikeness (Brill, 2011). It now turns into an idea for José Luis López-Linares, who drives us through some of the multiple interpretations of Jheronimus Bosch’s masterpiece.

And the Garden just stays the same, in front of us, although we let our eyes to jump crazy while staring at its colours.

By picking up a variety of songs and asking also a wide range of intellectuals about this painting, José Luis López-Linares and the crew at López-Li Films create a story that will make every single viewer to fall in love with its mystery.

In case it doesn’t work with you, don’t blame the artists: Maybe is just that you’re coming through a case of synesthesia. It’s not serious, trust me.

Maybe Bosch would have had something to say about that.

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