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The Garden of Earthly Delights  

2006-10-28 01:13:00|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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After sticked to all our routine restaurants again and again, we tried a new place eventually, a place is in Wangfujing called Garden of Delights severs contemporary Latin American cuisine. I'm impressed by the design and atmosphere very much more than the food. I always love the high ceiling. Especially the high-arched one makes me feel more like in a real room instead of a box in a pile of boxes.
 
I was late and holding some anger caused by the traffic. But when I walked into a place with a tasteful design and my Wildrose is waiting for me there with a beautiful smile, suddenly the night is spiced up and I'm totally "turned on". A beautiful mood in a beautiful place, what else can I expect for just a normal Friday night?
 
 
inside the restaurant(pic from it's website)
 
The menu covered with Bosch's famous work: The Garden of Earthly Delights. The whole deco is inspired by this masterpiece and different parts of the painting are showed everywhere of the restaurant.
 
 
the triptych: The Garden of Earthly Delights

The scenes on this spectacular triptych are organized in a successive thematic programme. The closed wings of the altarpiece contain a painting in grisaille of the creation of the world (Genesis). When they are opened, the left-hand panel shows the earthly paradise. The subject of the central panel, peopled with a mass of naked figures making love in a park-like landscape, is less easy to explain. It was this scene that later earned the triptych its name 'The Garden of Earthly Delights'. Finally, the right-hand panel shows the punishment of sinners in hell.---from http://www.boschuniverse.org/

 
(the woman's restroom with a "W" on the door, inside each cell is designed into a shape like a white egg. we can find the same symbol from the painting, but didn't find the accurate meaning of it from anywhere. maybe the woman's egg, the motherhood of all evils......)
 
Somehow, I always have a tendency to walk into the opposite sex's room accidentally and I couldn't remember how many times it happened. Fortunately, the waitress caught me just on time before I walked into the boy's room next door with a huge "M" on it. Swear to god, I totally missed the first door on my way to the second.
 
Don't know much about this painting although it's no doubt something way to famous not to know about(even Dali is influenced as I guessed after a glimpse of Bosch's work), so I did some homework after I got back,then 600 yuan dinner got paid back by an art lesson. Interesting artist, interesting works and an interesting paper. I Paid 3 yuan by sending 3 short messages to get this article I found on line:
博施(Bosch)的性别视角---对三连画《世俗乐园》中女性形象的分析 by 翟晶。
 
So the purpose of this painting acturally is for man to ponder and repent his lust toward woman and to be encouraged to resist the temptation. It's the war between pure spirit and evil lust, the man and woman or the mind to body.
 
Bosch used much symbolism in his works like: the Sirens represent the woman,flesh and lust which are the root of all evils and are the poison of man's soul; different monsters and exotic animals are the personifications of countless vices; fruits indicate the substitute of body;those strange towers around the lake symbolized bodies of men and women(related to alchemy); most interestingly the men with fruits are homos---according to the paper I read it's because they are playing a role of woman as man---I didn't really get this(as the partial below showed with blue circles).
 

So by all these symbolism and metaphor, Bosch expressed his view of the world : the combat between the flesh or lust represented by woman and the spirit or reasoning represented by man constitutes the main topic of our human's life on the earth.

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