Hieronymous Bosch’s 500-year-old butt song from Hell

20 Jun

Too charming not to reblog.

Why Evolution Is True

This is a testimony to the tenacity of human endeavor born of curiosity.

Below is Hieronymous Bosch’s great, great painting, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” which I had the pleasure of seeing (with no other gawkers around) when I visited the Prado about a year and a half ago. It was painted between 1490 and 1510. While the work clearly deals with themes of divine paradise and damnation, the interpretation of its many bizarre symbols has defied experts for centuries. But it remains a favorite of stoners and connoisseurs of the bizarre.

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If you look at the right-hand panel that depicts Hell, you’ll see what looks like a lute about a third of the way up on the left side. Enlarged, it looks like this:

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As the Global Post reports, you can clearly see a song on the guy’s rump, and it can actually be played:

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