Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (Full Length): Great Art Explained

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This is all three short videos edited together, with some extra scenes added that I originally left out due to time constraints. It is also edited to flow more as a longer film, and I re-recorded the sound with better technology.

This video explains my viewpoint on hell –

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The Garden of Earthly Delights video was the most popular, voted on by viewers for me to make. I am still taking suggestions, so please put them on the comments of my video “what is your favourite work of art?”

There are no records to tell us what Bosch or his contemporaries were thinking. There are so many theories out there, some more outlandish than others.

I have sifted through most of them, and from a process of elimination, come up with what I think is a pretty good idea. I have also come up with several ideas I haven’t seen before.

I have based my research around the Bible, Medieval history, infrared scans, art history papers and books and historical documents. But in the end it is still my opinion. If you have an opinion, then why not put it in the comments, and keep the dialogue going?

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Fire Footage –
Den Bosch footage –

St. John’s –

Sotheby’s –
Bird eye view over Denbosch –

Intro music: JS Bach “Sonata for violin solo No.1 in G Minor”

Prado videos –

Renaissance Europe Illustrated Edition by T. F. Earle (Editor), K. J. P. Lowe (Editor)

Hieronymus Bosch ́s The Garden Of Earthly Delights: The Senses and the Soul by Meinhard Michael

Between Heaven and Hell published by Taschen

Hieronymus Bosch ́s The Garden Of Earthly Delights by Hans Belting

The story of Art by Gombrich

All the videos on the Prado website were invaluable.