“The Garden of Earthly Delights” (dated between 1490 and 1510) is a three-part painting by Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch and his best-known work. An oil painting on oak, the work consists of a center panel and two outer panels. When the outer panels are folded, they depict Creation as described in the Bible. When opened, the left panel shows God presenting Eve to Adam. The central panel shows an earthly paradise (or a warning against too deeply tasting earthly delights, depending on the interpretation). The right panel shows Hell.
The images of Hell, based on Church doctrine at the time, are fantastic and disturbing.
Syd Garon created an animation of the Hell panel for “Spokes for the Wheel of Torment,” a song on a new Buckethead album. He writes on YouTube:
“So Buckethead has someone send me some mp3’s of his new album without any comment or album art. I am struck by the “Spokes” track and I *instantly* visualize animated Hieronymus Bosch in my head. I scan a few of his paintings in and make a 15 second test animation. A week or so later I drive to Buckethead’s secret headquarters and play him the test. He freaks out and takes me into his recording area, right there on the wall is a huge Hieronymus Bosch poster. Buckethead had been imagining the painting coming to life when he wrote the song. This was one of the most effortless things I have ever done, it felt like it was meant to be.”
Check it out here: