Saturday, February 14, 2015

Emblemata amatoria

Philip Ayres - Emblemata amatoria (1683)

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An emblem book for Valentine's Day.  Emblems are a combination of an image and text, not just an illustrated text but more a balance of independent elements each playing off the other.  During the Renaissance emblem books were often used for educational purposes in a broad sense, as here where each poem (given in Latin, English, French and Italian) works with the image to convey an idea about love.  Admittedly this is a bit more bumper sticker than Symposium but still has its charms.  There's some bibliographic information here along with images from a different edition with the poems replaced by Dutch ones.