Dalinian rock formation with mollusc eye
in Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights

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face like detail from  Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights
a) On 12th April 2016, I took a look at a book on the work of Hironymous Bosch, and noticed a page showing a face from his painting triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights that looked very much like something out of a Salvador Dali painting and it had a downward curling moustache with the mouth transforming into an inverted handlebar. It's mouth and moustache were a snake and it's closed bulging eye lid, a strange fantasy mollusc with multiple legs and long feathery tail. Bosch painted his composition between 1490 and 1510, when Bosch was between about 40 and 60 years old, and is his best-known and most ambitious surviving work.

Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights triptych

b) Perhaps it could be prepared to his sleeping faces and the downward pointing face from The Great Masturbator which has brightly coloured eyelashes growing from the rear of the eye. On Wikipedia I then realised that Félix Fanès as documented in his book Salvador Dalí. The Construction of the Image 1925–1930. Yale University Press 2007,  had already made the connection here whether it's right or wrong. But there would be a number of these strange faces dotted around Dali's painting that would fall into the same pattern.

Dali's The Great Masturbator (1929)

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