Butt Music from The Renaissance. Wait–What?

Five hundred years ago, an artist named Hieronymus Bosch painted a triptych called The Garden of Earthly Delights.  If you examine the third painting, you’ll see an image of a dude face down under a giant lute with a musical score apparently tattooed on his ass.

The Garden of Earthly Delights

An Oklahoma college student has transcribed that music and offers up this recording of Renaissance butt music.

If you want to get into Bosch’s work in greater detail, check out this BBC documentary.


(Via Dangerous Minds)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Butt Music from The Renaissance. Wait–What?

  • February 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

    On the occasion of this discovery, I created a virtual 3D exhibition of Bosch’s most famous paintings. A museum would never be able to unite these valuable and fragile artworks all together within one single hall – everybody is invited to explore it from their laptops after installing a browser plugin. http://bit.ly/1cqwNW9


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