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What's your favourite deadly sin?


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Hieronymus Bosch was definitely one of the most imaginative artists of his time, possibly of all times. His personal style flavoured with dreamlike figures and visions never ceases to amaze me.

Here's one of his (in my opinion) most fascinating works, The Seven Deadly Sins (c. 1480). It's a painted tabletop, currently in the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

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In the center there's the eye of God with Christ, and in the four corners are the "four last stages of life": Deathbed, Last Judgment, Heaven and Hell. The seven sins appear on the circle, the first one (reading clockwise, at 6 o'clock) being Anger, followed by Envy, Greed, Gluttony, Sloth, Lust and Vanity. Btw, according to the Web Gallery of Art, Envy here depicts the Flemish proverb 'Two dogs with one bone seldom reach agreement'. However, my personal favorite of these seven is Vanity.

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  • Elders (Admins)

What amazing artwork! To think those images are over 500 years old!

Your blog is as gorgeous to look at as it is to read! Thanks for making such great use of the feature!

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Guest Jim McLean

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I've always been a Bosch fan, since as young as 8 or so when I was inadvertently exposed to his work through a comic strip.

I have to say my favourite comes from his triptych "Garden Of Earthly Delights" - I was thrilled to see it in for real on a trip to Madrid and a hunt round the Prado. The Hell vision is particularly imaginative.

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  • Elders (Moderators)

Yes, the Garden is definitely one of the best. It's truly fantastic that you've seen the original. I envy (!) you!

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Again, thank you for sharing everything. The art, the photos, it's all so beautiful and very much appreciated.

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