Large plate decorated with the tree of love in Nevers

Large plate decorated with the tree of love in Nevers

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Large plate decorated with the tree of love in Nevers

'The iconographic motif, close to the tree of life, appears in the engraving in the 16th and 17th centuries. But it is then the women who are in the tree and the men who try to bring them down; the inversion seems to be generalized in the eighteenth century.For Duchartre and Saulnier (1944), the tree of love means that husbands are birds that are difficult to find and a mockery of girls looking for a husband. At the same time, the image gives women the initiative for the conquest of love. Presenting the relationship between men and women in this way at the beginning of the 19th century is a comic inversion of common norms, but by no means a subversion.'

This is a 1970s version - Measures - 36 cm