Anyhow there was a great section on Bosch and I was utterly fascinated by the strangeness and perversity of all the "goings-on" :-) There really is some odd details in the painting, Satan, the one with the birds head always horrified me as a child, how could something have the head of a bird and the body of a frog? The theme of the painting is bibical and there is plenty of symbolism relating to the 7 deadly sins.
If you take a closer look you can see the following (source: wikipedia)
- The bird sitting in the chair eating the man is supposed to be Satan himself.
- The face staring out from under the dish holding the pink bagpipes is said to be a portrait of Bosch himself.
- The woman near the bottom, under the bird's chair, in the clutches of a monster, staring into a mirror (which is also the rear end of some creature), is guilty of the deadly sin of pride (vanity).
- The person under the bird's chair is guilty of the deadly sin of avarice.
- The man nearby, is guilty of the deadly sin of gluttony.
So there's one of my early influences, probably explains a lot really :-) What are your early influences?