Bosch, The Garden of Dreams
It is one of the art world’s most enduring and enigmatic pieces, Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch’s iconic triptych, The Garden of Dreams, circa 1490 to 1510 (aka. The Garden of Earthly Delights). Having hung across four metres of Museo del Prado’s gallery space since 1939, this artwork continues to inspire wonder, fear and delight in equal measures, a testament to its timeless profundity.
2016 marked the fifth centenary of the passing of Hieronymus Bosch. To commemorate this momentous event, documentarian José Luis López-Linares juxtaposes the musings of artists, philosophers and thinkers alongside luminaries from music and science, revealing how the historical, cultural and artistic significance of Hieronymus Bosch’s work can neither be ignored nor undervalued.
Bosch’s work may have fell out of favour in the years following his death but, into the 20th and 21st centuries, artistic minds – such as Salvador Dali, Terry Gilliam, Guillermo del Toro and George Lucas – have cited The Garden of Dreams as an unparalleled source of their inspiration. This film attempts to puts its finger on the mystery within its mystery.
A magnificent film between fascination and enigma.