Covet: Dr. Marten “Garden of Earthly Delights” Satchel


Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a short post about the current Doc Marten revival. Last year, I complied a list of clothing and accessories that incorporated the art of Hieronymous Bosch. And now my friend CV has sent me a link to a new collection that combines both these interests of mine: a line of limited edition Dr. Marten/Bosch shoes and bags.

They all look fantastic, and any of them would be sure to garner looks and compliments on the subway and on the street. I think the small satchel illustrated with a section of  Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights—the “Heaven” section, when everyone is still frolicking with fruit and flowers in some kind of terrestrial Paradise—is my favorite.

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5 on 5: Ways to Get Your Bosch On


I remember the first time I saw Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (1500-1505), or rather a reproduction of this (in)famous painting: I was a college freshman, and it was printed as a full-color fold-out in my Janson’s History of Art. Like most people who are familiar with this enigmatic masterwork, I still love it and I still don’t understand it. I don’t think the historians of Renaissance art have figured it out yet, either.

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Alexander McQueen’s final collection (2010) included a dress printed with details of Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights and his Temptation of St. Anthony. (There was also a matching handbag.) And the house of Carven has recently copycatted this idea.

Even if you weren’t able to scoop up one of McQueen’s Bosch dresses or bags (hah!), there are ways to incorporate bits of this enigmatic work into your own look…

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