Sunday, May 28, 2017

Garden of Love and Earthly Delights - 1400s - Illuminated Manuscripts

 c 1487-95 Artist Unknown British Library, London, Harley 4425   f. 12v   Garden of Pleasure

This is a manor house garden of the medieval period.  The secluded garden, or  ‘Hortus Conclusus,’ represented a garden of earthly delights. This garden is walled with stone & wooden fencing, & is filled with scented flowers & herbs. Reason & the Lover discuss his passion privately near a flowering trellis arbor which were built to ensure privacy & provide shade, while the sound of fountains & bird song filled the air.  The dancing illustration shows the grass treated as a flowery mead planted with low growing wild flowers.  The personification of Nature sits on a turf seat built against a wall with flowers planted in the grass.  Flowers are espaliered on wooded supports along the stone wall. Orchard trees produce handy fruit for visitors.  Here the walled garden is used for music, recreation, romance, relaxation, & sport

 c 1487-95 Artist Unknown British Library, London, Harley 4425   f. 14v   Dancing in the Garden



 c 1487-95 Artist Unknown British Library, London, Harley 4425   f. 43v   Reason and the Lover talking in the Garden



c 1487-95 Artist Unknown British Library, London, Harley 4425   f. 161v   Nature in a Garden