Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Garden of Love - A 16C soldier apparently recently home from the wars

1520 Garden of Love. Soldier embracing a woman in a fenced garden by a wooden bench. They are near an apple tree with birds flying; & another amorous couple is seated underneath a tree, while a dog eats their food. In addition to serving different functions, Renaissance gardens also carried a range of associations, both literary & biblical. The Garden of Love, dedicated to the goddess Venus, was a primarily a pleasure garden offering both virtue & vice.