April 5, 2017. Books and Fine Art in the New Media. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday by Jack Dziamba.
“Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” has bewitched and bewildered art fans and historians alike for centuries. It’s crowded, complicated, and in certain sections either enchanting or unsettling. And now, [those] who don’t live near the Museo del Prado can give it a closer look, thanks to a new interactive tool that allows users to zoom in and explore the work—either on their own, while listening to audio annotations, or through a pre-set “highlight tour.” The interactive documentary Jheronimus Bosch, the Garden of Earthly Delights provides an in-depth tour though The Garden of Earthly Delights. In a web interface the visitor will be taken on an audio-visual journey, including sound, music, video and images.” (Laura Bradley, Slate).
Documentary, Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil
Open Culture notes that the tool comes as part of a “transmedia triptych,” which also includes a documentary titled Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil (trailer above), and a virtual reality documentary titled Hieronymus Bosch, the Eyes of the Owl (trailer below).
Hieronymus Bosch, The Eyes of the Owl
And an App
There’s also an app (designed for iPhone, iPad and Android) [below] that lets you take a virtual reality trip through the very same painting. Created as part of the 500th anniversary celebration of Bosch’s life, the app–previewed in the trailer above–lets you “ride on a flying fish into a Garden of Eden, be tempted by strange fruit and even stranger rituals in the Garden of Earthly Delights. And visit hell and hear the devil’s music.” (Open Culture).
Fine Art in the New Media
The tools of the New Media allow Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights not only to be seen as its never been seen before, but also to be seen as it never could be in a museum. Thus, these tools allow a 500 year old painting to be seen by everyone, everywhere and add significantly to an appreciation, understanding, and wonder to the work never possible before.