Friday, June 30, 2017

Garden of Love and Earthly Delights - 1500s German

1531 Illustration to Cicero, 'Officia'  Augsburg, by Hans Weiditz (German artist, c1500-c1536)  Published by Heinrich Steiner (fl.1530).  Here is another one of those secluded gardens, or  ‘Hortus Conclusus.’ In manor houses, these enclosed spaces often represented a garden of earthly delights. Enclosed within wattle fences, with grass treated as a flowery mead planted with low growing wild flowers & herbs. Birds & visitors filled the air with music.