Hieronymus Bosch painted The garden of earthly delights shortly before 1500. The unique late medieval pictorial language that he used has always raised many questions and diverse interpretations. About the precise meaning of the many details there is until today no consensus. Reindert Falkenburg reads The garden of earthly delight from the point of view of possible commisioners and their world view. This reading presents a fascinating interpretation of the cultural climate in which this painting could be painted.