- the supposed trials and tribulations of the destiny of man - represented via art since it was first suggested through words, sometimes in the classic form, sometimes the abstract, sometimes the grotesque...
This one, always a personal favorite!
I studied Hieronymus Bosch and his work as a Freshman in college - Art History, a great blow-off and still one of the best college courses I ever took. I was in Manhattan in the early 80s, so poster shops abounded, and I went and got myself "The Garden of Earthly Delights".
It hung in my dorm room, and those were drug-fueled and insane days, so it got a lot of attention and discussion. When I moved to the East Village, it went up in my bathroom. In some form or another, I've had this triptych in every bathroom I've lived with since. We're good friends; and, I've been to the Prado twice in as many decades to take in the original and sip in the sight, smells and sounds.
A couple weeks ago, I came across some info... want to share it with you, hope it works herein.
Check it out, about a 1/3rd of the way up the left-side of this image is the portion that I'm referring to.
You'll see, it's a person's ass sticking up, under the lute-shaped instrument. There are musical notes on it...
Refer to the next image for a really nice close-up... that's clearly notes on a sheet that reads like music drawn right on his ass, and it's being pointed out - shown... wonder what is sounds like?
Want to know who this incredibly creative and odd artist was? Well, he was kind enough to insert himself, in the joy and frolicking of the center panel - here's ole Jerome, hiding in a hovel, wearing brown; you can tell he was enjoying himself.
Music from the butt-cheeks of a 500 year old painting - give thanks and praise.