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Explore Hieronymus Bosch’s Most Mysterious Painting in Virtual Reality

A slew of interactive projects mark the 500th anniversary of the artist's death.

Over 500 years after its creation, Hieronymus Bosch’s enormous triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights continues to astound and garner a vast array of interpretations. Now a new app called Bosch VR lets you explore the painting’s many facets in virtual reality.

As The Creators Project explains, “Open the app on your iPhone or Android, and you’ll find yourself flying into the Garden of Eden on a giant fish. A unicorn, a chest-puffing bird, and a white giraffe are your first companions before you come across the divinely pink central fountain, thought to be evidence of Bosch’s fascination with Tantric Buddist and Hindu philosophy. The fish takes you from location to location, so you can sit back and soak it all up. In VR, you can’t help but focus on every little detail, which is one of the strengths of analyzing such a dense painting through this perspective.”

A new interactive online exhibition–Jheronimus Bosch, the Garden of Earthly Delights–also lets you virtually explore the painting complete with a guided narration if you so wish. A documentary called Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devilis also slated to be released this year.

Watch a trailer of the VR experience below.