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The Garden of Earthly Delights

One of the most innovative websites we reviewed this year was this interactive tour of Jheroniumus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights. This website allows viewers to learn more about the religious and historical context of the fascinating painting and offers some possible interpretations behind its many surrealist symbols. In addition, the added sound effects, along with the ability to zoom in and out of particular images, enhances the experience of viewing this singular work.

Jheronimus (Hieronymus) Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights is an intricate and somewhat cryptic triptych painting that the Dutch artist created sometime in the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century. Pieter van Huystee of the Dutch public-service broadcaster NTR directed this informative and fascinating interactive tour of this painting. Visitors may want to start by taking the Highlight tour, which outlines major events, items, and themes portrayed in the painting via 15 short audio documentaries (also available as a transcript). Alternatively, visitors can select what sections of this painting to explore through the freely explore option. These audio documentaries combine analysis of The Garden of Earthly Delights with historical information about Bosch's personal life and about fifteenth and sixteenth-century Europe. In addition, visitors will want to check out the extra story links as they explore this painting in order to gain even more insight about Bosch and this enigmatic work.
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