Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day - Love in the 1500s + Cupid's Instructions for lovers in 1600s

1520s Paris Bordone (Italian High Renaissance Painter, 1500-1571) Detail of Venetian Lovers

"Instructions for Lovers: teaching them, how to demean themselves towards their Sweet-hearts. You must not accost them with a shrug, as if you were lowsie: With, 'your Ladie', 'best Ladie', or 'most super-excellent Ladie': neither must you let your words come rumbling forth, ushered in with a good full mouth'd, Oath, as 'I love you'... But you must in fine gentle words, deliver your true affection: Praise your Mistress Eies, her Lip, her Chin, her Nose, her Neck, her Face, her Hand, her Feet, her Leg, her Waste, her every thing." 

Cupids Master-piece, or, The Free-school of Witty and Delightful Compliments (1656)

1523  Lorenzo Lotto (Northern Italian painter, c 1480–1556) ) Mr Marsilio & Wife

Amorous compliments endorsed by John Gough, The Academy of Complements (1663):

"Her Dove-like eyes."
"Liquorous rolling eyes."
"Her cheeks shine like sparkling stones."
"Her Cheeks are like Punick Apples."
"Her Cheeks are spread with Spices and Flowers."
"Her breasts are the soft Pillows of love."
"Her breasts are soft and tender as the Pelican's."
"Her Thighes are fit subjects for the pleasant Songs of youthfull Poets to acquaint the world with."
"Her legs as stately and firm as marble pillars."

1515 Giovanni Cariani (1485-1547) The Seduction

Bernardino Licinio (1489-1565) A Woman and her Love

Bernardino Licinio (1489-1565) Allegory of Love

c 1510 Attr to Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, c 1488-1576) Lovers