Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Mapping the Garden of Earthly Delights
I've always wondered why interactive mapping platforms have not been used more often to provide interpretations of works of art. Paintings can be easily imported into all the popular mapping platforms. You can then use all the navigation tools of an interactive map to explore features in the painting.
You can see what is possible in The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch - An Online Interactive Adventure. This wonderful introduction provides a guided audiovisual tour of the Bosch's triptych and allows you to explore The Garden of Earthly Delights at your own pace.
The interactive actually doesn't use a mapping platform for its presentation but it certainly uses all the navigation tools which users are familiar with from online maps. You can zoom in and out and pan around the painting at will. The painting also includes a number of map markers which allow you to learn more about details within the triptych.
If you click on a painting marker you can listen to an audio explanation of the selected scene in Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights. You can also select to read the same analysis in a pop-up information window.