A US music student is believed to have unearthed a musical secret lurking in a painting for more than 500 years.
Amelia Hamrick, an honours student at Oklahoma Christian University, was recently poring over Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, which depicts the fall of humanity from the garden of Eden into hell.
Hamrick spotted a tiny, easily overlooked detail in the richly detailed painting’s lower-right corner: a man — who is being lashed by a demon’s tongue — with a musical score etched across his buttocks in Gregorian notation.
“It’s kind of like a 500-year-old ‘Where’s Waldo’,” Hamrick told the Oklahoman.
She transcribed the song into modern notation and played it out loud.