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The Garden of Love

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1480/90

Artist:

Master W. A. H.
German, active c. 1480-90

About this artwork

This elaborate engraving depicts nearly every aspect of courtly love and dates to the late medieval era, when the mating ritual was an accepted part of life among the nobility. The feast table in the walled courtyard boasts musical accompaniment, suggesting music truly is the food of love. Women drive the amorous games equally with men; a woman summarily dismisses a fools- cap-wearing suitor at the gate, while another daringly rides sidesaddle behind her lover on a twisting road. Men and women enjoy skinny-dipping in the moat at right, as if it were a fountain of youth.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Master W A H

Title

The Garden of Love

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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1480–1490

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Sheet trimmed within platemark: 36.6 × 29.3 cm (14 7/16 × 11 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.820

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