This is the third post in a series of posts exploring art, literature and numbers in Fifty Shades of Grey. If you have not, I encourage you to go back and read the first post about the connection of all of these and second post where we explore the outside of the Garden of Earthly Delights.
Opening this triptych means we will see the result of creation. But before we go there let’s talk about the act of opening. It was a ceremonial act accompanied by rites and words aimed to impact the audience. It would be done in a church, though I doubt this particular triptych ever was opened in a church. The audience would then close in from some distance after the ceremony came to an end and only slowly the outburst of colors would start to take on shapes and meaning, much like an auto-focus on a camera slowly finding the right adjustment.
What comes to mind is the end of the first scene in the Red Room of Pain when Christian cuts the cable ties and says: ‘I declare this Ana for open.’ It’s that moment when she has used the code and he has opened the triptych for Ana and it slowly but steadily now will come into focus for her. But will she like it?
In the next post we will explore the world that Bosch and Christian have created.
Crissy and Aviva