Hieronymus Bosch is one of my favorite painters. He constructed weird, other worldly images five hundred years before Salvador Dali came along.
Most of the images contained in this posting come from the third triptych of Bosch’s masterpiece, “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” This panel represents his vision of eternal damnation. The subject of the first panel is the Garden of Eden. The meaning of the imagery in the second panel is open to debate.
I won’t attempt to rehash either Mr. Bosch’s biography or the details behind this remarkable painting. Here is a wiki link: