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14 October 2016, 15:43 | Updated: 6 January 2017, 14:45
The Dutch painter is famous for his intricate and macabre visions of hell – but have you ever noticed this bizarre ditty painted on a poor sinner’s naked behind in his most famous painting?
Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights is a three-part painting showing the Garden of Eden on the left and a vision of hell on the right. The central panel is something sort of in between – with some frankly crackers animals added for good measure.
Like these ones:
ANYWAY, we’re not here for the giant owls or even the couple having a great time in a mussel shell.
In the vision of hell, there’s a special place reserved for musical instruments (THANKS BOSCH) including a harp, a lute and some sort of woodwind instrument.
There’s also a book of sheet music and a demon whose role, it seems, is to imprint music on sinner’s naked bums with his weird note-shaped tongue.
That’s the best I can do by way of explanation. Here’s a close up:
A music student called Amelia transcribed the music using modern notation and posted it on Tumblr and now you can hear the piece of music written on a sinner’s naked bum for yourself.
Truly, these are wondrous times we live in.
To be fair it is pretty terrible.