from Jheronimus Bosch:
‘Bosch shows god blessing adam and eve, saying ‘‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…” in the Garden of Delights this has happened. The earth is filled with people being fruitful. Giant fruits and berries are all around them. They eat them, feed them to each other, wear them, play with them, and live inside them. They are also fruitful in making love to each other. But god meant for them to do that in marriage, and the people in the garden are making love only for pleasure. It is as if they are creating fruits and berries instead of children.’
Gary Schwartz is an art historian with an abiding interest in the cultural context of art and its reception. Most of his work is dedicated to Dutch painters of the seventeenth century, especially Rembrandt, but he also wrote a book on Jheronimus Bosch for young readers. Schwartz was born in New York in 1940. He studied art history at New York University and Johns Hopkins University before moving to the Netherlands, where he has lived since 1965, working as a scholar, publisher and writer.