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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.




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.


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Master W A H


The Garden of Love


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


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

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Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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