The Garden of Earthly Delights

Artist Claire Douglass has re-imagined ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ in an extraordinary new painting. Taking 7 years to complete, it’s a contemporary take on Hieronymus Bosch’s famous masterpiece, filled with references to modern day life.

The work by Royal College of Art graduate Claire Douglass was started in East London in 2011 and completed in Birmingham earlier this year. The intervening 7 years have seen the work progress into a contemporary representation of Britain at play. Featuring a multitude of partying celebrities, Wolverhampton Wanderers winning the FA Cup, Lady Gaga with her little monsters, a parade of adult babies and dancing poodles amongst the 400 tiny figures depicted. It is both a work of joyous hedonism and a memento mori for an unsustainable culture, depending on your starting point.