Friday, 16 January 2009

Google Earth's Prado

Details from left: Roger van der Weyden - Descent of Christ from the Cross, right: Hieronymus Bosch - Garden of Earthly Delights triptychGoogle Earth has teamed up with Spain's Prado Museum to give Internet users an alien's-eye view of the planet capable of zooming inside the museum and examining the fine detail of 14 of its paintings. On the left is a closeup from Roger van der Weyden's Descent of Christ from the Cross (title link). Woopidoo over at Art News Blog (CLICK) has been twiddling the zoom knob for days and has discovered the fun had by anal flautists in Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch (right). I wonder what aliens using Google Earth will make of this religious painting! "Oi, Schnurggrrr, you seen how them dozy humans play their nostril-flutes?"


At 17/1/09, Blogger Ian Brown said...

I keep forgetting to load my Google Earth.

I saw that exact detail of Bosch the other day in Goya's Ghosts, the scene was amusing. The film, as a whole, was not so good. It was a horrible movie despite the great cast while Earthly Delights is a great painting with horrific black humor, and one of my favorites by Bosch.

At 17/1/09, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Ian

Google Earth is hopeless over a 56K modem. I tried it on broadband at work and found it technically impressive, but boring. The scary thing about it is that it's probably of greater usefulness to the Taliban and other terrorist groups than it is to ordinary citizens.

I must admit I've had a soft spot for Hieronymus Bosch ever since I saw one of his paintings during a school outing many years ago, to Hampton Court Palace if I recall correctly. I never have figured out what the hell his weird images have to do with Christianity; but what images! That knife flanked by ears. The anal flutes. That twisted head on some sort of construction. Phew!

At 19/1/09, Blogger mberenis said...

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At 19/1/09, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Does it work on a 56K modem?


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