The Lover Views the Garden

Object Details

Title:

The Lover Views the Garden

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1405

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment bound between pasteboard covered with dark red morocco

Dimensions:

Leaf: 36.7 x 26 cm (14 7/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

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In this miniature the main character of the story, the Lover, sees the Garden of Love for the first time. The garden is a place of pleasure and desire, where the Lover cavorts with the merry companions of Sir Mirth, such as Lady Wealth, Beauty, and the God of Love. These allegorical figures will help the Lover in his struggle against characters like Sorrow and Jealousy in his quest to win his beloved, the rose.

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