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Iconography Inspiration - "The Garden of Earthly Delights"

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The Garden of Earthly Delights

The Garden of Earthly Delights  
Oil on oak triptych painting by Hieronymous Bosch
ca. 1490-1510

The Garden of Earthly Delights is a triptych painting whose three panels are often understood to be a moral warning regarding earthly temptations. The right panel of the triptych depicts a hellish world of damnation showing grotesque distortions of naked humans and mutated animals. The triangle is found in the lower middle section of the right panel amidst other musical instruments—the scene often referred to as Musician’s Hell.

The Garden of Earthly Delights triangle is inspired by the triptych. It is made of brass and has a black patina. The instrument is extremely large measuring 23”h x 17”w x 1/2”d. It has been hand-hammered and hand-shaped. As depicted in the iconography, the beater is quite long (24”) and is slightly tapered.

The triangle comes with:

  • a FREE “floating wall-mount” print of the iconographic subject, printed onto a 12” x 12” or 11” x 9” piece of rigid aluminum.

  • a FREE carrying case featuring custom-cut foam, lockable zipper, and shoulder strap.


Iconography Inspiration

Iconography is the primary source for our knowledge of the history of the triangle, and provides insight into the musical and social context in which the instrument developed. The history of the triangle is a bit different from the history of other musical instruments. For example, looking at the history of the violin we know of master builders and craftsman. Antonio Stradivari has long been known for creating the finest violins ever made. The workmanship and sound of his instruments are unparalleled to this day. Conversely, the triangle has taken a different path through history. There is no known triangle craftsman with a similar reputation as Stradivari. There is no archetypal instrument from centuries past acknowledged as the world’s finest. There does not exist a quintessential “baroque triangle” or “renaissance triangle”. We do not have an exemplary “triangle of Mozart’s day”. Rather, what we DO have, is extraordinary, beautiful VARIETY—variety in size, shape, dimension, proportion, level of craftsmanship, and ornamentation, as seen in iconography. It is this variety that has inspired me to create these instruments.

I have chosen several pieces of triangle iconography that I found inspiring, and set about the process of bringing them to life. The instruments have been made by hand, one at a time, and have all been hand-hammered, hand-bent, and hand-finished. I have paid close attention to the size of the triangle as seen in the image, relative to what or who is around it.

My hope is that the uniqueness of the instruments’ look will inspire others as it has inspired me.


 Please allow 2-3 weeks delivery.


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