The Original Sin
Adam and Eve hop like a whirlwind through the Earthly Paradise, but does everything end in a rice pudding buffet with golden spoons?
The main theme of the left panel is original sin. It depicts the marriage of paradise of Adam and Eve, their fall caused by not resisting temptation and the associated banishment from paradise. At the very top is the fall of the rebellious angels, with which the painter refers to the entrance of evil.
Was the poetic creation story a fairy tale that determined the Bible’s sales success, or rather ethical politics?
Hell started on the first day of the creation of the world. With God’s creation of light, darkness, the moon and the stars, but also good and evil angels arose.
Rebellious angels, like Lucifer, were driven from heaven to hell. The disobedient man later faced the same fate.
The creator kneaded Eve blushed on the cheeks for the lonely wandering Adam. The rest is history…
According to the paradise tale, God created heaven and earth, animals and plants, and made the first man, a man, out of the ground.
God did not approve of the man remaining alone and wanted to make a helper for him. So God put man to a deep sleep, took a rib from him, and built a woman out of it. Man recognized her as “his own bones and his own flesh.” The man and woman were naked but not ashamed.
God placed Adam and Eve in the earthly Paradise and told them that they could eat the fruit of all the trees in the garden, except the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, with the purpose of dissuading man from licentious dreams .
Adam and Eve were naked and happy in paradise. Only after the corruption came shame, clothes, and sweat. The long pants are a punishment…
The serpent claimed that if they ate the fruits of that tree, they would not die at all, but on the contrary open their eyes, they would be like gods and have knowledge of good and evil.
The woman was the first to resist temptation, eat the fruit, and also give the fruit to Adam. At that time they immediately became aware of their nakedness and became ashamed of it. They then covered their genitals with fig leaves.
God’s prohibition that announces death and human nakedness, and the serpent (Satan) as deceiver of women, marks the beginning of a new story, ending with the expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
The sin of Adam and Eve and the consequent loss of the favor of God and their enjoyable stay in Paradise is known as the Fall.
After fornication of Adam and Eve, God chased them out of paradise.
Having learned of good and evil, God prevented Adam and Eve from eating that tree any longer and thereby living forever.
Thus death entered. And since man could no longer live forever, he had to reproduce himself. Sex and the temptation to have sex was accepted from then on as man’s first sin and became a taboo from the outset.
Since original sin, the world has been plagued by malice, sin, suffering, sickness and death. Adam and Eve’s decision has resulted in every human being being born with a sinful nature, a natural tendency to sin with lust, decadence and fornication as a result.
the rol of the snake
Adam’s first pet after the fall was a snake. Even if a snake is not poisonous, it pretends.
The role of the snake as a seducer of Adam and Eve is evident, the snake is the ancient symbol for the male sexual power, the male member in erection. This animal has no eyelids. Freud also saw a phallus symbol in the snake
In the Bible, the snake represents Lucifer, the fallen angel. The snake is described in Genesis as the cunning among all animals. Like an evil spirit he crawls around on the ground like the phallus of the earth. Feeding on lust, he takes possession of women. A lust that is not limited to one, but to several women, just like a snake sheds its old skin over and over again. A person depends on his fellow man like a snake from his skin …
Mythologically, the snake is seen as passionate and romantic and likes to be at the center of the partner’s life. Good at seduction, in courtship and romance, but when it comes to loyalty, the partner often feels in the dark.
apples and lemons
Selling apples as lemons, clean apples are also called sour, which are apples on golden legs.
In art, the forbidden fruit is often represented by an apple. This idea is inspired by the Latin name of the apple: ‘malus’, which means ‘bad’ in addition to ‘apple’, and also refers to the Adam’s apple. However, it is not clear from the Biblical story whether it was an apple or another fruit.
Apparently even the mysterious fruit in the hand of Eve on the ‘Lamb of God’ is not an apple but a citrus fruit. What Van Eyck painted made a lot more sense, because in the Middle East where the Garden of Earthly Delights was located, no apple trees grow, but citrus plants grow.
The Day of Judgment
Bosch breaks the law to apologize for something unlawful or against the habit …
In traditional representations of the Last Judgment, such as that of Hans Memling, the center panel is carefully split into two groups. On the left are the elect on the way to heaven or on the left panel, and on the right are the damn on the way to hell or on the right panel.
However, Bosch breaks briskly with this traditional image by only depicting damned people all over the central panel. These damned ones are in a burning and demon-populated world, as if to indicate that the earth is completely in the devil’s grip.