Tuesday, October 03, 2006

(10) detail photos

The larger image, showing a detail from before the triptych was restored, is from John Rowlands, Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights (1979; previously published in 1977 as Le Jardin des Délices de Jérome Bosch), which consists of a brief introduction and a set of actual-size photographs of the inside panels.
The actual-size photographs are instructive not only because they document the condition of the triptych before restoration, but also because in some places comparing an actual-size image to an object helps to identify the image. The photo shown here was made by taking a color xerox from Rowlands' book to a cactus patch, which is much easier to do than taking a cactus to the Museo del Prado, particularly since as its English name prickly pear suggests a tuna cactus is best handled with tongs.
Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo's picture of a hammock is reproduced more often, but he also published one illustration that consisted only of a nondescript oval and an indication that the oval was the same size as a certain kind of nut.


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